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2003 Clarke, Listrac

SKU #1025184 90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark With the huge investment of the Edmond de Rothschild family, it is no surprise that this is the most powerful Listrac wine. This is rich, hugely dense, and very ripe. The tannins are more dusty and soft than usual Bordeaux, but that is the year. Vanilla and grilled almonds show through as the wine finishes. A successful wine that should age well. (RV) Inner quote mark (5/2006)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Deep deep crimson, verging on purple. Great sweet charm and intensity on the nose. Actually some sweet chocolate notes. (If this were Margaux I'd take it for Cantenac Brown!) Silky, sumptuous, very beautifully made. Lots of acidity to keep it fresh on the palate and ripe tannins. Dense and youthful but not awkward. Attractive sweetness rather than overripe jamminess. A definite over-performer - though, as usual, slightly green tannins intrude a little at the end. 17/20 Inner quote mark (4/2005)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Clarke’s 2003 may be a sleeper of the vintage. Aromas of black currants, minerals, smoke, and damp earth emerge from this dark ruby/purple-tinged, medium-bodied, pure effort. It is reasonably generous for a wine from this backwater appellation. Drink it over the next decade. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/2006)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Good berry with hints of espresso and tobacco. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and a medium finish. Smoky aftertaste. (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2006)

K&L Notes

This 2003 shows a very dense inky/purple color and charming aromas of intense ripe fruit with pure black currant, cherry and plum jam. The nose wraps up with subtle wood and mocha notes, espresso roast, toasted white bread, licorice and hints of chocolate and spices. On the palate there is a pure attack of powerful fruit followed by a deep mid palate with low acidity, ripe tannins and a textured and fleshy finish. This wine shows beautiful harmony, with impressive concentration and balance. This outstanding red Bordeaux is already extremely enjoyable and drinkable despite its youth. It will continue to evolve and mature, with potential to improve aver the next ten years.

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By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2019 | Send Email
Now here's an outstanding well valued aged Bordeaux for under 40. Seriously, this bottle is like a breath of fresh air, and an easy mellow sipper for the older wine fans. It's a little bit chilly in Los Angeles, as I write this, but this bottle has warmed my soul.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2019 | Send Email
Showing the typical ripeness of the 2003 vintage, with plums, currants, dark chocolate and mocha. Very caressing velvety tannins, and most definitely within its perfect drinking phase This property owned by the Rothschilds, has seen a complete overhaul in the quality of its wines over the years.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/23/2018 | Send Email
This property used to make very rustic, tannic wines, but the quality has improved vastly since the early ’90s.

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