Thursday, August 30, 2007


Merlot and Cabernet Listrac Bordeaux blend.


Purple color with light oak and red berries on the nose. Smoke, plum, black currant and beautiful freshly picked summer cherries on the finish.


88 PTS
When you open up this bottle, taste it immediately. You will find it is extremely good. The fresh cherries on the finish are exceptional and are accented by a hint of smoke and black fruit. But after this wine opens up, it turns ordinary. The mid-palate flattens out and the finish disappears turning the wine ordinary. This is a 89 or 90 pointer if you open and consume immediately. If you decant this or drink it over the course of two days it falls a few points lower. At $25 a bottle, it is hard to recommend, but those fresh cherries on the finish still linger on my memory palate.


  • Interesting. I think this ordinariness happens a lot to Bordeaux, unlike Burgundies, which tend to disappoint at the start and then develop in the 2nd half, like a good soccer game! Not a big fan of Chateau Clarke, though I have a few 1990s and want to buy some 2003s. What you say suits British/Irish palates: they need to be impressed straight away.They are also a great gift if your name is Clarke.

    By Anonymous Rory (, at Saturday, December 06, 2008 8:16:00 AM  

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