Château Clarke Listrac-Médoc 2016 Magnum 1500ml
93 points, “This is excellent.” – Decanter Magazine
Everybody knows that the Rothschild family gave the world the First Growths Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild, but fewer wine lovers are aware that they’re also the driving force behind Château Clarke, a winery just a few miles away in the Médoc. Baron Edmond de Rothschild bought the property in 1973 and, being the wealthiest branch of the family due to their banking links, there has been huge investment in it. That has resulted in step-change in quality over recent years, making this a Bordeaux to watch.
Château Clarke Listrac-Médoc 2016 is maturing wonderfully in this magnum, displaying crème de cassis, blackberry, baked blueberry, smoothly integrated oak and a violet perfume. Concentrated, deeply textured and beautifully fresh, this red is drinking wonderfully now but obviously has a long life ahead of it.
In May 2020, Decanter Magazine published an article entitled “Tasting 10 years of Château Clarke: A Medoc success story”. This wine was the highest rated out of all those that had been bottled at the time. This might well be because 2016 brought a new Technical Director to Château Clarke, Fabrice Darmaillacq, who also received support from consultant Eric Boissenot, a man that helps out at Latour, Lafite Rothschild, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Palmer, Pichon Longueville, Pichon Baron, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Barton, Brane Cantenac, Léoville Las Cases, Gruaud-Larose and many more. This has seen the class of the wine go through the roof.
The French side of the Rothschild dynasty is legendary in the wine world. In 1853 Nathaniel de Rothschild created Château Mouton Rothschild, and fifteen years later his uncle James Mayer de Rothschild acquired Château Lafite Rothschild. The former is the most flamboyant of Bordeaux’s First Growths and part of the Primum Familiae Vini – an association of the world’s finest family-owned wineries that include the likes of Antinori, Vega Sicilia, Tenuta San Guido of Sassicaia fame, Egon Müller, Pol Roger, the Symington Family Port house and many more. Neighbouring Château Lafite Rothschild has also become one of the most famous and sought-after wines in the entire world. Esteemed wine critic Neal Martin describes it as the “quintessential wine of elegance”, and it’s widely regarded as the most consistent of the First Growths. In 1962 the Lafite branch of the Rothschild family took the “Lafite Spirit” that they’d nurtured on the great terroir of Pauillac and began to expand their empire. Starting in Bordeaux they procured nearby neighbour Château Duhart-Milon, then Château Rieussec in Sauternes and Pomerol’s Château l’Evangile. They then branched out into South America with Viña Los Vascos in Chile and Bodegas Caro in Argentina, then further afield in France with Languedoc’s Domaines d’Aussières and even into northeast China with a new project called Long Dai. The three Rothschild Barons came together in 2007 to create Champagne Barons de Rothschild. All these ventures work to the same exacting standards as the legendary First Growths, befitting of wine’s most iconic family.
£4.33 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3283883
Style No.: 827344
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