Château Clarke is one of the rare Médoc 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.
Tasting Note: The nose is both subtle and complex, combining its mineral side with notes of candied fruit (quince) and finely woody liquorice. On the palate, the attack is ample, fat, and quickly balanced by a nice acidity. The balance is maintained throughout its length and ends with a very smooth finish.
Food Matching: Ideal to accompany fish, seafood, salad and white meat
Grape Variety: 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sauvignon Gris, 10% Muscadelle, 10% Semillon.
Soil: Clay and limestone.
Vinification: Direct pressing, cold settling, fermentation and maturing on the lees. Treatment by gravity, in small batches. Winemaking process adapted to each batch. Automatic thermoregulation.
Ageing: 30% in new barrels, 30% in second fill barrel, the rest in stainless steel tanks.
Residual sugar 1.2g/l.