Château Clarke Listrac-Médoc 2018 Magnum 1500ml
93 points, “This was a total standout en primeur and it is still an impressive Clarke, if a little more closed at this point, one that shows the work done here over the past few years and that shows the value that can be found in Listrac. Polished, with damson and liquorice notes, some crab apple acidity through the mid palate and overall a sense of lift and freshness.” – 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 2018 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. And it comes stylishly packaged to celebrate the 40th vintage.
In May 2020, Decanter Magazine published an article entitled “Tasting 10 years of Château Clarke: A Medoc success story”. Alongside the stunning 2016, this wine was the joint highest rated out of all those tasted. Technical Director Fabrice Darmaillacq excelled in this incredible vintage, with a little 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.
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.
£8.67 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3338209
Style No.: 846082
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