Updated: Dec 1, 2019
Edmond de Rothschild
Château Clarke 2015
Listrac Medoc, France
Waiting to make me a present uncorking the most prestigious nectar of the family, I try to please myself enjoying the company of the other Rothschild. This nectar comes from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, area well renowned for the Cabernet Sauvignon. Well hoping not to disappoint you, this blend is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet. The grapes ferment in both oak and stainless steel tanks. Then the nectar ages 16 months in barrels (two-thirds new and one-third second fill). The design of the bottle and the habillage are really beautiful and elegant, especially the front label. The back one is quite unique, especially for French wines. It includes details on the blend and how to serve the nectar. Santé!
In the glass the wine has a deep ruby colour. Be careful toward the end of the bottle, as there are sediments… a lot.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. The nose displays aromas of fresh red fruits and preserved fruits, made even more vibrant by the sharp fragrance of the black pepper. The secondary aromas are the classical ones: cedar, charred woods, smoke and cloves. The wine is still developing, releasing scent of fine leather, game, savoury, fig, prune and dry cranberry.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5%) and it burns a bit if you are enjoying the nectar without having a meal. The tannins are medium; the tongue slips without any grip on the teeth. The aroma intensity is pronounced and the finish is long. The wine is not velvety on the palate, as you may expect from a Merlot based blend. The wine is actually a bit rough; the 30% of Cabernet Sauvignon shows the muscles.
The wine is well made: balanced, a bit complex with notable flavour intensity and lasting. But it doesn’t really appeal me. Probably I will buy it again (on sale) just to give it another try, but I don’t ardently desire it.
It is ready to drink now, but it has potential for ageing (15 years according to the producer). If you decide to drink it, open at least an hour before pouring the glasses. I notice that the wine became softer after a while from the uncorking.