Château Clarke

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The Château Clarke is a winery in Listrac on the Médoc peninsula near Bordeaux .


Cistercian monks planted the first vineyards with the name Granges in the 12th century. This name remained until 1806. The Clarke family, who acquired the estate through Toby Clarke in 1750 (other sources speak of 1771), named the 230 hectare estate after their family name. The estate, which was run in 1932 as “ Cru Bourgeois ” (bourgeois plant), has been owned by the English branch of the Rothschild banking family since 1873 at the instigation of Edmond Adolphe de Rothschild . After tearing out the old vines and completely replanting them, wine was produced again from 1978 , with a very ambitious goal. From the mid-1980s, the quality is mostly appealing. The wine from 1990 is excellent and occasionally beat highly classified Grand Cru Classés at tastings .

The now 130 hectare estate is located on the municipal border with Moulis-en-Médoc ; About 10% of the estate is actually in Moulis, but for the sake of simplicity it is declared as wine from Listrac.

The wine from Château Clarke is hardly known in Germany ; the largest share of sales goes to England and the Benelux countries.

Individual evidence

  1. Clive Coates : The wines of Bordeaux. Vintages and tasting notes 1952–2003 . 1st edition. University of California Press, 2004, ISBN 0-297-84317-6 , pp. 178 .


  • Charles Cocks, Edouard Féret, Bruno Boidron: Bordeaux et ses vins . 18th edition. Édition Féret et Fils, Bordeaux 2007, ISBN 978-2-35156-013-6 .