Château Clarke – 1995
Château Clarke takes its name from the Irish family who bought this estate in 1771. After more than two centuries of wine growing tradition and successive owners, the property was purchased by Baron Edmond de Rothschild in 1973. The vineyard was completely restructured and massive investments were undertaken in order to renovate buildings and improve wine making and storage facilities. With a passion for excellence and the best things in life, the Baron made Clarke a benchmark for the whole region.
- Appellation: Listrac-Medoc
- Composition: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Size: 55 ha (135.9 acres)
- Vine Age: 30 years
- Soil: Limestone and clay
- Density: 7,000 vines/ha
- Training: Natural grass cover, double Guyot
- Fermentation: The grapes are put into vats via gravity flow, followed by cold soaking and fermentation in both oak and stainless steel tanks. Moderate extraction adapted to each vat by pumping over and delestage (rack and return)
- Aging: 16 months, 100% in barrels (two-thirds new and one-third second fill)
- Alcohol: 14.0%
- Optimum Drinking: Up to 15 years, the suggested drinking window is from 2019 to 2030
Château Clarke 1995 has a beautiful dark purple with some light tile-red tints. The aroma is complex and expressive, with finely smoked leather and liquorice notes. After aerating, the aromatic pallet is enhanced by blackcurrant, plum brandy, pepper and spices notes. On the palate, there is an attack, which gives birth at the same time to suppleness and amplitude, followed by a dense and gorgeous mouth. The finish offers quite a nice structure with a delicious and aromatic persistency.