2002 Chateau Clarke Listrac Medoc


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Deep healthy purplish crimson right out to rim. Floral nose. Lovely neat, bright, fresh but modern wine that is just bursting with life. Lovely harmony and no shortage of neat, ripe tannins. Bravo! Just a very slight inkiness creeps in at the end but that should stand it in good stead in the long term. 16.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
The Brief
Alcohol
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2002
Cellar to
2025
Why's this wine for you?

For those that know Bordeaux and don’t own château’s and castles themselves, there are a few notable places to look for high quality Bordeaux wine without the eye watering price tag. Enter the 2002 Château Clarke Listrac-Médoc, superior quality wine from an excellent vintage straight from the Châteaus cellars.

The Listrac-Médoc AOP is known for esteemed quality that punches well above its weight.

The Estate was established all the way back in 1771 by the Irish family who purchased the land, although it has been reported that Cistercian monks established vines in this place as far back as the 12th Century! Remember the Battle of the Bouvines? no neither do we, it was a really long time ago.

It wasn't until 1973 that the manor was acquired by Baron Edmond de Rothchild, (from the illustrious family known throughout Bordeaux) that the direction changed and formed into the grandiose house of today.

Their sites are particularly suited to cultivating Merlot, which is fortunate in a place that struggles to ripen Cabernet Sauvignon consistently due to being further away from the Gironde Estuary. So the Château Clarke Listrac-Médoc is often dominated by Merlot with the remainder made up of Cabernet Sauvignon.

2002 was a stellar vintage in Bordeaux but due to political and world wide unrest SARS pandemic and the war in Iraq the 2002 vintage didn't see the express movement of trade we would expect from a great vintage. This means some bottles are still sitting in their owners' cellars, that is until we got wind of it.

How's it taste?
A sweet perfume of melted licorice, black currants, smoke, and new wood jumps from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored wine. Medium-bodied, with sweet fruit, and plenty of ripeness as well as well-integrated tannin.
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Jancis Robinson MW
Deep healthy purplish crimson right out to rim. Floral nose. Lovely neat, bright, fresh but modern wine that is just bursting with life. Lovely harmony and no shortage of neat, ripe tannins. Bravo! Just a very slight inkiness creeps in at the end but that should stand it in good stead in the long term. 16.5/20
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Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
A sweet perfume of melted licorice, black currants, smoke, and new wood jumps from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored wine. Medium-bodied, with sweet fruit, and plenty of ripeness as well as well-integrated tannin, it should be enjoyed over the next 12-15 years.
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