Listrac is furthest from the Gironde of all the named communes in the Haut-Medoc and its vineyards enjoy the highest, if still modest, elevation. This factor, in conjunction with soils that are higher in clay and limestone content, tends to produce deeply-colored, tannic, and austere wines that need bottle age to come around. Wines from Ch. Clarke and Ch. Fonreaud are the highest regarded of the region. (Wine/Appellations)