Château Clarke
(by Edmond de Rothschild)

Bordeaux, France

Le Merle Blanc — 2022

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  • Introduction

    • Château Clarke is one of the rare Medoc estates to produce a white wine. Le Merle Blanc is part of the Château’s heritage, because it has existed since the 19th century (1890). Much-appreciated and widely-known, this white wine once accounted for up to a quarter of the Château’s entire production. Baron Edmond de Rothschild felt it was important to revive this tradition. Today, Le Merle Blanc fits in beautifully with the spirit of Château Clarke.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Bordeaux Blanc
    • Size: 4 ha (9.9 acres)
    • Vine Age: 30 years
    • Density: 6,600 vines/ha
    • Training: Natural grass cover, double Guyot
  • Vintage Report

    • HARVEST: Hand-picking and hand-sorting of the grapes

    • Harvest Date(s): From August 30 - September 6
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Direct pressing, cold settling, fermentation and maturing on the lees; treatment by gravity, in small batches; wine making process adapted to each batch; automatic thermoregulation.
    • Aging: 6 months, 30% in new barrels, 30% in second fill barrels, the rest in stainless steel tanks
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sauvignon Gris, 10% Muscadelle, 10% Sémillion
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • Optimum Drinking: Short cellaring potential, to be enjoyed while it is still young and fresh
  • Tasting Notes

    • The pale yellow color of the Le Merle Blanc is clear and bright with green glints. The nose presents a delicate first nose, with subtle aromas of white flowers, juicy pear, and white pepper. As it opens up, additional mineral and menthol notes arise, adding to its already impressive complexity. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and rich but balanced by a refreshing vivacity. The wine is long, and fine woody notes reflect its perfectly mastered maturation.



  • Le Merle Blanc — 2022 – Wine Enthusiast – 92 Points

    “White-peach and lychee aromas mingle with toast from wood aging. Has ripe flavors of apricots and pear with the richness of the vintage.”