2016 Clarke (Baron de Rothschild), Listrac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299122 91-92 points James Suckling

 Tight and focused for this winery with currant and berry character, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Nicely done. Energetic.  (4/2017)

91 points Decanter

 This is a lovely classic left bank wine in its earliest stirrings, with bristling and bright chalky tannins. It's promising, well crafted, with an austere finish. The blend is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, fairly high in Merlot because there is more clay down this central spine of the Médoc, away from the gravelly strip along the river. (JA)  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2017 | Send Email
The Rothschilds of Lafite have been continually improving this property since 1973 and the quality has soared. This is tight, clean, dark and sweet with classy lines and good intensity. By the time this is released it should have "plumped up' and be its usual hearty and chewy self but I suspect this will always one of the raciest wines from this property.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2017 | Send Email
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Boy -this property under the guidance of the Rothschild team has improved greatly in the last 20 years. The wines are softer and more elegant than before. This 2016 is lively and fresh--so sweet for a Listac. Big body and full on the palate, but great acidity and round tannins. Great value.
Drink from 2020 to 2035

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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