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Château Clarke Red Bordeaux Blend Listrac-Médoc 2002

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Robert Parker called this fantastic Bordeaux a 'sleeper.' It is a special value displaying classic Bordeaux flavors and aromas. Aromas of black currants minerals smoke and damp earth emerge from this dark ruby/purple-tinged medium-bodied pure effort....Drink it over the next decade.

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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

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10/23/2008

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External Reviews for Château Clarke Red Bordeaux Blend Listrac-Médoc

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Source: CoolVines
03/23/2009

Owned by banker Edward de (Lafite) Rothschild, Ch. Clarke was completely re-vitalized and today is one of the best regarded chateaus in Bordeaux, consistently turning out delicious, accessible wines.



Robert Parker called this fantastic Bordeaux a 'sleeper.' It is a special value displaying classic Bordeaux flavors and aromas. Aromas of black currants minerals smoke and damp earth emerge from this dark ruby/purple-tinged medium-bodied pure effort....Drink it over the next decade.

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