Chateau Clarke dates back to the late 1700’s, when it was founded by Tony Clarke, which following the custom of the time, took its name from the estates founder, or current owner. The vineyard has only changed hands two more times over the centuries. In 1820, the St. Guirons family bought the property and it remained in their hands until 1973, when Chateau Clarke was purchased by the Baron Edmond de Rothschild.
The 55 hectare Listrac vineyard of Chateau Clarke is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The terroir is clay, limestone and gravel soils. As you find more clay than gravel in the soil here, it was natural for the vineyard to have more Merlot plantings.
The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare. On average, the vines are 30 years of age. Chateau Clarke also utilizes 3 hectares of vines for white Bordeaux wine grapes which are planted to 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon and 15% Muscadelle.