Chateau Clarke Listrac Medoc 2003
Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Blend: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 60% Merlot Aged in new oak barrels (for 50 to 60%) for 12 to 18 months.
Château Clarke should be stored at a constant temperature of about 55 degrees. It should be taken from the cellar a few hours before tasting and decanted about one hour before serving. It is a robust wine and therefore the perfect accompaniment for red meats and certain cheeses such as a Brie fermier.
"From cask, this powerful 2003 is the finest Clarke I have yet tasted. A deep, dense purple color is followed by sweet aromas of creme de cassis, smoke, incense, and camphor. Rich, full-bodied, and opulent, with high levels of glycerin, fruit, and body, this stunning wine should drink well in 2-3 years, and last for 15+. Impressive!" -Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate 89-91 points
The Wine Advocate - " A deep, dense purple color is followed by sweet aromas of creme de cassis, smoke, incense, and camphor. Rich, full-bodied, and opulent, with high levels of glycerin, fruit, and body, this stunning wine should drink well in 2-3 years, and last for 15+. Impressive! "
Chateau Clarke Winery
Château Clarke was so named by the Irish family who bought the property in the 17th century. In 1973, it was bought by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, who completely renovated the property. The vineyard, which is in full production, is situated in the Listrac appellation with its very special type of “terroir” of undulating hills and soils of clay-limestone and pebbles.
The buildings on the property have been restored to their original aspect, with the exception of the Château itself, demolished in the 1950s and never rebuilt. Some new buildings have been constructed for the purposes of vinification, bottling and packaging, allowing bottles to be stored in the best conditions of temperature and security.
Although the equipment here is modern, the wine is vinified in keeping with the traditions of great Médoc wines and is aged in oak barrels. The wine is aged over a period of 12 to 16 months in new oak barrels, and the careful attention it receives is aimed at helping it mature and preparing it for bottling.
Château Clarke has a great aging potential. After a few years of cellar ageing it will reveal all the typical characteristics of its “terroir” and a most delicate aromatic harmony. View all Chateau Clarke Wines
About MedocView a map of Medoc wineries (MEH-dok)
Médoc is the region that encompasses the smaller appellations of Pauillac, Margaux, St.-Estèphe & St.-Julien. As a larger appellation, it contains many chateaux that are the same style of the smaller appellations, but at a smaller price. There are two regions of the Médoc – the Bas Médoc (or lower-Médoc) and the Haut Médoc (or upper-Médoc) – so given the names as the Bas Médoc is lower elevation (yet northern) and the Haut Médoc is higher elevation (but south of Bas Médoc). Most quality wines come from the Haut Médoc, although many wines carry just the appellation Médoc.
Notable FactsSituated in the Haut-Médoc, west of the river are the communes Listrac & Moulis. Between these two appellations and the river lie many Médoc chateaux producing delicious, Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, often at a good value. Wines of the Médoc and Haut-Médoc appellation are less expensive, yet delicious, ways to experience the left bank of Bordeaux. Most are not as complex or age-worthy as those wines from the smaller communes along the riverbank, but many are great everyday wines, particularly suited for enjoying with food.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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4 ratings, 2 with reviewsBill Zipper - Ocean Springs, MS33/21/2011Ok to not that great the first day. I did try to decant it for maybe 30 min. The second day I thought it was much better with more acidity showing. The third day it fell back some.ritviksingh - PLEASANT RIDGE, MI49/21/2011Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL37/1/2011Adriano - Somerdale, NJ412/30/2009A very good wine full of flavor and a great finish.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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