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Château Clarke Red Bordeaux Blend Listrac-Médoc 2000

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

[Barrel tasting] Sweet tobacco and blueberry aromas follow through to a full body, with a dense palate of ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Concentrated for the appellation. Well done.

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Baron Edmond de Rothschild:
The origins of the Château Clarke estate date back to the 12th century when the Cistercian monks of the Vertheuil Abbey planted the first vines. Much more recently, the knight Tobie Clarke purchased the land that would permanently bear his name in 1818. Then, after being repeatedly handed down and finally sold, the property was bought in 1973 by the Baron Edmond de Rothschild. It was at this ti... Read more
The origins of the Château Clarke estate date back to the 12th century when the Cistercian monks of the Vertheuil Abbey planted the first vines. Much more recently, the knight Tobie Clarke purchased the land that would permanently bear his name in 1818. Then, after being repeatedly handed down and finally sold, the property was bought in 1973 by the Baron Edmond de Rothschild. It was at this time that the neglected vineyard was re-planned, and then completely recreated between 1974 and 1978, to attain a final wine-producing area of 54 hectares. Today, the vines are planted on clay-limestone hilltops that enable the Merlot grape to express itself at its best. And ever since the first vintage year at Château Clarke, bottled in 1978, the quality of the wines has never ceased to improve. The ancient buildings have been restored, and the techniques and equipment used in the winemaking process have been brought up to date. Particular attention is paid to the methods of cultivation and wine production, which are subject to the most stringent controls. Since September 2001, the handpicked and carefully transported harvest has been received in a superb wooden vat; the grapes have been meticulously sorted in the wine store and then vatted through simple gravity. The wine is then placed in new barrels, where it is left to mature for between 14 and 18 months. Thus, the wine from Château Clarke is a true reflection of the land that made it: concentrated and distinguished. It allies power with aromatic complexity, and has great potential for ageing. Since 1997, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild has followed in the tradition of his father, transmitting his own passion for excellence to his dynamic workforce. Read less

External Reviews for Château Clarke Red Bordeaux Blend Listrac-Médoc

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

[Barrel tasting] Sweet tobacco and blueberry aromas follow through to a full body, with a dense palate of ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Concentrated for the appellation. Well done.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Ruby-red with purple highlights. Sexy nose offers plum, cassis, vanilla and sweet spices. Enters fruity and rich, showing ripe flavors similar to the aromas and finishing with rather soft tannins. Not especially long, and in need of a bit more finesse (the otherwise pleasant finish picks up a touch of astringency with air), but I like this winersquo;s tasty fruit and vinosity.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Barrel sample. Firmly tannic and rather jammy at the same time, a wine that shows a rustic edge, but does retain the juiciness of the year.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

[Barrel sample] Well balanced, the fruit fresh but ripe. There is an edge of dry tannins which slashes through the fruit, giving a firm, dry aftertaste.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/29/2011

Nicely focused, with a plum skin frame to the black cherry and black currant fruit, which is then followed by tobacco and lingering smoke notes. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A delicious yet affordable wine from the Barons de Rothschild. Elegant dried cassis and black cherry, with subtle earthy notes woven through. Visions of lamb chops, prime rib or pot roast dance through your head. From the legendary 2000 vintage!


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A pretty and balanced red, with blackberry and mineral character. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and a medium finish. Best after 2007.


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