Château Clarke Listrac-Médoc 2010 Limited Edition - Original Wooden Case of Six
93 points, “Extreme nose of crushed raspberries and minerals. Full body, with very integrated tannins and a fresh clean finish. Lasts for minutes. Very well done.” – James Suckling
91 points, “Deeper in colour than the 2009, as you might expect from a heftier vintage. This is ready to drink now, although fresh acidities abound, and concentrated black fruit notes are still evident meaning that it should stay the course for a good while yet, and is almost certainly not at its peak. Different style of pleasure here from the 2009 - more spice, cloves, cassis, the Cabernet Sauvignon showing dominance.” – Decanter Magazine
Everybody thought that Château Clarke Listrac-Médoc 2010 had completely sold out. But a few precious cases were discovered in the Rothschild family’s Private Cellar. These have been released in gold-etched, limited-edition, Cave Privée bottles that are a must-have for any serious collector of outstanding Bordeaux vintages. Exceptional provenance from “another stellar vintage” (Jancis Robinson) with the added glamour of golden bottles and an original wooden case.
We all know that the Rothschild family gave the world the First Growths Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild, but few 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.
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.
£7.42 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3364123
Style No.: 854822
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