2009 Clarke Rothschild, Listrac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1056628 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the better Clarkes ever made, this wine from the cool, backwater appellation of Listrac displays serious density, an opaque ruby/purple color, and lots of earth, black currants and raspberries. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.  (2/2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 Firmly tannic and rather jammy at the same time, a wine that shows a rustic edge, but does retain the juiciness of the year.  (8/2010)

Wine Spectator

 This delivers a direct beam of red and black currant fruit, liberally laced with tobacco and roasted cedar notes that hang through the lightly firm finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2012)

K&L Notes

According to Decanter: "Purple red, nicely concentrated fragrant fruit, quite supple and rich on the palate, good tannins and refreshing acidity, forward fruit but last well." K&L's Notes: *V 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Toasty new oak aromas and flavors. Quite rich and more modern in style. Nice length and depth. These guys are doing well. Ralph: Big solid fruit; long and serious. (04/10) Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive mid to late 2012-2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/23/2011 | Send Email
We just had a Malmaison/Clarke tasting featuring 3 vintages including 2009, 2008 and 2006. Do I even need to say how fantastic the 2009 showed? Toasty oak spice on the nose with rich ripe plum aromas. The palate is filled with heady black fruit, plenty of oak spice and finishing with just a touch of astringency.

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