Le Merle Blanc de Chateau Clarke 2016, A.C. Bordeaux
Le Merle Blanc was initially produced around the middle of the 19th Century and at the time was one the most important products of Chateau Clarke. Sadly production of Le Merle Blanc decreased until the vineyard was dominated by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with no room for white varieties. After acquiring Chateau Clarke In 1973, Baron Edmond was keen to reinstate Le Merle Blanc and pay homage to this forgotten wine. A small part of the vineyard covering just 2ha was identified and planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Gris.
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The 2016 vintage marks a big step in quality for Le Merle Blanc, this vintage, apart from being fantastic is one of the first vintages to include Sauvignon Gris in the blend – which adds a rich texture to the palate. An explosion of aromas jump from the glass to reveal freshly squeezed grapefruit, white flowers and citrus peel. The palate has wonderful purity, zippy acidity, and a lovely clean yet soft mouth feel. The finish boasts plenty of citrus fruit and classic stony minerality. A little over 1,000 cases of this wonderful wine are produced annually.
Baron Edmond de Rothschild
Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
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