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Château Clarke Listrac 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Warm and subtle on the nose with lightly spicy, light woody black fruits – sweet fruit on entry, simple, astringent tannin, pure black currant fruit, a bit soft though and ungenerous, woody, raw finish (83-84)

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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

Editorial Reviews for Château Clarke Listrac

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

Warm and subtle on the nose with lightly spicy, light woody black fruits – sweet fruit on entry, simple, astringent tannin, pure black currant fruit, a bit soft though and ungenerous, woody, raw finish (83-84)


Member Reviews for Château Clarke Listrac

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Snooth User: gntop1
1327591,140
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/28/2014

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger
63471,872
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 01/29/2009

It's not secret that I am a big fan of this estate's wines. I think they represent very good value in the Medoc because of the estate's size, the enormous investment that's been put in, and the fact that since its a Listrac-Medoc, they can't charge an arm and a leg for their bottles! Bountiful red fruit on the nose with a touch of tobacco. Very soft in the mouth with good fruit. Elegant with some spice and moderate amounts of tannin. A fine finish on fruit - this is a red fruit-driven wine. Another very good effort from Chateau Clarke.


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593865,234
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 05/03/2013

It is easy to see that Michel Roland has had some success here; the Merlot backbone of this wine has cedar-box, black pepper and sweet raspberry on the nose and (surprising to me, at least) en bouche, there is plenty of soft tannin (no annoying oak invading this, however) and a creamy, soft, quite satisfying long finish. Heavily worked, but not overworked, this wine will last another 5 years in the cellar. Much better than expected... 89 points.


Snooth User: Sputerbug
28506272
2.50 5
Vintage: 2005 06/04/2008

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: MReff
97856260
3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 07/22/2009

Tannic and structured but nothing came together in time. Could be shut down??


Snooth User: phalkias
65943534
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 12/01/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger
63471,872
0.00 5
Vintage: 2003 12/11/2008

dark garnet. black fruit,wood spice. light attack,black fruit,violets, concentrated,stewed fruit,some tannins,sightly hot finish. could use more fruit with age,very young?


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External Reviews for Château Clarke Listrac

External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2012 11/12/2013

erfrischend, reichaltig, grosse Palette von Aromen


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2010 06/16/2012

Würzig, elgant, fruchtig, leicht


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/04/2012

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
Vintage: 2009 01/10/2013

One of the better Clarkes ever made, this wine from the cool, backwater appellation of Listrac displays serious density, an opaque ruby/purple color, and lots of earth, black currants and raspberries. Drink it over the next 10andndash;12 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/10/2013

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 wineandrsquo;s tasty fruit and vinosity.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/04/2012

[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
Vintage: 2009 01/04/2012

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.


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