2017 Château Clarke Le Merle Blanc Bordeaux Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2017 Château Clarke Le Merle Blanc  (Bordeaux) 86
Bright, fresh, crisp, light yellow citrus with a touch of flowers and honey on the nose and palate make this perfect for easy summer quaffing. This is fully developed and should be opened over the next year or two.

Bright, fresh, crisp, light yellow citrus with a touch of flowers and honey on the nose and palate make this perfect for easy summer quaffing. This is fully developed and should be opened over the next year or two.

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When to Drink Chateau Clarke, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Clarke needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Clarke is usually better with at least 6-9 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Clarke offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 6-14 years of age after the vintage.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Clarke with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Clarke is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Clarke is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.

Chateau Clarke is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

The Benjamin Rothschild side of the Rothschild family owns 2 other estates in the Haut Medoc appellation, Chateau Malmaison and Chateau Peyre-Lebade.

The same branch of the Rothschild family also owns vines in other Bordeaux appellations in the Right Bank: Chateau des Laurets in Puisseguin, St. Emilion, Chateau Malengin in Montagne St. Emilion, and vineyards in New Zealand and South Africa.

In Mendoza Argentina, they own numerous estates including Flechas de Los Andes in a partnership with Laurent Dassault from Chateau Dassault in Saint Emilion.

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