2010 Clarke Rothschild, Listrac

SKU #1115464 93 points James Suckling

 Extreme nose of crushed raspberries and minerals. Full body, with very integrated tannins and a fresh clean finish. Lasts for minutes. Very well done. Better in 2016.  (2/2013)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Great swathes of sweet tannins and ripe berry fruits, the wine is delicious, ripe, concentrated and intense without losing charm. (RV)  (6/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Sweet fruit. Mouthfilling and good balance even if not thrilling. Very honest. Drink 2017-2024. (JR)  (2/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Chateau Clarke 2010 has a well-defined bouquet with ripe blackberry and strawberry fruit, touches of eau-de-vie and liquorice emerging to render the aromatics quite medicinal, in stark contrast to its showing a year ago. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins, plenty of plump Merlot fruit and a succulent finish that has length and style. This is letting it all hang out and there is nothing wrong with that. Tasted January 2014. (NM)  (3/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Solid, revealing a lively, briary frame wound around a core of plum, currant and blackberry fruit. Features solid grip, with a fresh tobacco edge showing on the finish. (JM, Web-2013)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/21/2017 | Send Email
The folks at Lafite have been improving this property since 1973 and quality is soaring. This is dark and chewy with flavors of blackberry, huckleberry and touches of earth and mineral. The fat core of sweet dark fruit ends with ripe, integrated tannins in this hearty bottle. Also, do not miss the clean, sweet and structured 2016 vintage of this wine as it shows great potential.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | Send Email
We have been carrying this property for over 10 years and it is always a great value—plenty of punch for the price.

Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2013 | Send Email
Dark and powerful. A value!

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2012 | Send Email
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This may be the best production coming from this property, ever. Deep ruby in color, the nose explodes with currants, mocha, roasted coffee bean, and chocolate (I had to view the label again to make sure it wasn’t from Napa Valley). On the palate, this Gem is broad, lush, viscous, well-integrated, and loaded with depth of character. Wonderfully complex, even at its youthful age, this puppy represents some of the best coming from this wonderfully soft , near-term vintage. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for the next three to five years. 14.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2020

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