Chateau Clarke 2001 Grand Vin de Bordeaux

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Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions. Our guests utilize Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms for their comments for consistency purposes. In addition, we utilize the wine aroma wheel to enhance one’s ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor. Notes are posted on this wine during the tasting to ensure they accurately reflect the impressions.

Tasting Notes

  • SB: Quite elegant, with vanillin-wrapped black fruits, and a fine sense of purity.
  • RLA: Lovely fruit. Terrific purity, sweetness, and expressive, harmonious cassis and ripe summer berries. Fine sense of fruit quality here.
  • LM: A full-bodied dark red wine. Soft and quite elegant
  • BM: I picked-up berries and toasty oak on the nose. The wine is big on the mid-palate with a long finish.
  • MA: This wine exhibits aromas of dark berries and toasty oak. Delicate flavors with lots of pure, fresh fruit. This is a very well balanced wine with a great finish.

Technical Data

Wine Technical Data
Blend 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appelation Chateau Clarke, Listrac Medoc
Type of soil calcareous Eocene and calcareous clay
Harvesting handpicked and hand sorted on ground sheets, prior to destemming and crushing.
Fermentation About 7 days with 2 punchdowns/day
Aging / Cooperage 16 months in 80% new 225l french oak barrels(malo-lactic fermentation in new wood), 20 % in second fill barrels.
Alcohol 13% by volume
Fining no fining was made prior to bottling.

Vintage Description

Merlot was the most successful variety of 2001. Growers from every area said they had made good Cabernets but great Merlots. Some, especially those who had properly crop thinned and de-leafed, claimed they had their best Merlots ever, others that they were as good as their 82s, and many that they equaled their 90s. The Merlots seem to have appreciated, more than the Cabernets, the Summer combination of high soil moisture and hot Summer days, and used it to become little sugar machines. Certainly there were many powerful wines, mostly in the 13-14 range, which was surprising for a relatively cool year, and some of them are remarkably dense and strong.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

Color : dense and dark.

Aroma : very charming and open. We get a lot of fine ripe fruit on the first nose with blackcurrent, raspberry. The fruit is associated with a light spicy a smoky note (clove, and a subtle wood with mocha and vanilla). This 2001 shows a lot of elegance and complexity on the nose.

Palate : very supple attack, followed by a full midpalate. The tannins are fine, dense and ripe, we notice a fantastic balance with a beautifull acidity which brings loads of fresh black fruits on the aftertaste.

Cellaring : this beautifull wine shows an excellent aging potential. Already very plaisant now, he will reach a good maturity level in 2008-2010 and will still be able to mature for an extra 6 years in a good cellar.

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