2006 Clarke, Listrac

SKU #1041970 89 points Wine Spectator

 Notes of berry and Indian spices on the nose lead to a full body, with good ripe fruit and a velvety tannin structure. Best after 2012.  (3/2009)

Connoisseurs Guide

 0% Merlot; 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Although not usually counted among the top performers of the Haut-Medoc and far more reliant on Merlot than its neighbors, Chateau Clarke has come up with an impressive wine in 2006. Ripe and fleshy with a long line of well-ripened fruit, it displays plenty of muscle with juts the right degree of tannic grip, and it hits the mark for both quality and fine value.  (4/2009)

Jancis Robinson

 Very deep crimson. Confident expression of fruit on the nose with some real race. Just a very slightly yeasty/beery note. Lustrous and succulent in the context of Listrac with the fruit sweetness and intensity managing to distract from some pretty astringent tannins until the very end on the palate. Lots of work has gone into this. Pretty inky for now but I think it will (eventually) get there.  (7/2007)

K&L Notes

70% merlot and 30% cabernet sauvignon. Heavy soils at this property, so merlot does well here. Bready nose with some boysenberries. Big wine with good structure and potential. Tannic-close to 2005 quality. * Ralph Sands: Add Clarke to the greatest value wines in Bordeaux today. Big wine. Very dark and serious black cherry and plum fruit with hints of smoke-firm finish. And, on 01/23/09: Wow, this is sweet and lovely. Super value!

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2011 | Send Email
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"Produced from 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine offers up an opulent nose of bosenberry and Asian spice, underscored by cedary, smoky oak notes and a roasted coffee bean tone. Lush, broad, integrated flavors lead to a fairly complex, deep, layered wine that makes it an incredible buy and a steal for the vintage. Anderson has also informed me that this will be one of our house reds for the month, easily. 13.5% ABV." (Jim Barr)
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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2009 | Send Email
At the recent U.G.C. event the 2006 Chateau Clarke stood out for seeming to be almost as big and rich as the 2005 version. This is a rich, modern style wine that still maintains plenty of depth and structure while showing no traces of rusticity. There is plenty of sweet, ripe red fruit, a creamy middle and a long chalk-laced finish in this structured and delicious bargain. At $21.99 this might be THE value of the vintage.

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