Back Up The Truck:
2011 Clarke-Rothschild Bordeaux

Posted by Robert Schagrin

Honestly, drinking Bordeaux with great pedigree for $25 is the most improbable trifecta.

Just in time for the holidays, I'm very happy to offer the greatest Bordeaux value that I've encountered this year.

You should back up the truck for this exceedingly rare deal. The quality/price ratio is off the charts.

I should mention that this is nearly 40% below the next lowest price in the United States.

Château Clarke is part of Baron de Rothschild's holdings, the owner of first-growth Bordeaux Château Lafite-Rothschild. They purchased the property in 1973 from the Clarke family, who had owned the estate since 1771 (only two owners in 328 years!).

The 2011 Château Clarke-Rothschild shows a sophistication that you'd expect from its ownership. There's a swagger and polish married to a deeply complex earthy spice.

Listrac, with its clay and limestone soil, is the furthest appellation from the Gironde River. This cooler climate gives Château Clarke a beguiling cast of aromatics that really pop. It also gives the wine a freshness that makes it supremely food-friendly, pairing with everything from a dry aged steak to a turkey dinner. 2011 was an earlier drinking vintage, and with 8 years of age, the wine is starting to click into high gear.

This is a don't miss value. It's been many years since I've seen a Bordeaux with these sort of credentials remotely close to this price point. My advice is to grab some while you can during this limited-time offer.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Robert Schagrin

Managing Partner
Crush Wine & Spirits