2006 Clarke, Listrac (Previously $25)
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.
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.
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.
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!