Baron Edmond de Rothschild
Listrac-Medoc – Bordeaux
Varietal: 70% Merlot 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Soil: Clay-Limestone, 30 year old vineyard
Vinfication: Vating by gravity, cold maceration, vinification in wooden vat and stainless steel tanks. Pumping over and pigeage. Automatic thermoregulation system. Micro oxygenation in tank. Malo-lactic fermentation in new French oak barrels. 70% in new barrels, rest in second fill barrels – 16 months
Tasting Notes: Licorice, fresh fruit, caramel, dark purple around the edges, beautiful crimson hue, fresh round attack
Food Pairing: Perfect with grilled meats, meat dishes with sauce and assorted cheese
The Château Clarke estate is in the southern part of the Médoc within the Listrac-Médoc appellation. Its inland location is far from the Gironde estuary in the middle of the limestone plateau. The property has a private, protected setting.
A distinctive feature of the estate’s clay-limestone soil is its remarkable drought resistance. The nearness of the Atlantic Ocean gives it a cool freshness that is echoed in the wine’s bright bouquet. The terroir is very well suited to growing merlot grapes in a region where cabernet sauvignon is traditionally king. Thus Château Clarke is typical of the Médoc, but in an entirely original way.
2015 Vintage – Wine Enthusiast: 93 points