2008 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Grapes Petit Verdot, Carmenère, Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Pauillac
Classification 5ème Cru Classé
ABV 13%

No darker than its stablemate d'Armailhac, but with a broader, blunter nose and fruit. For now this seems less well-balanced and less fun than the d'Armailhac - nice but a bit plain.

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Black-red, richly concentrated blackcurrants nose, quite smoky and spicy, very good structure and firmness, firm, even a little raw still but very good, quite tight expression that will become more floral and broad. Drink 2015-25.

Again, this is very tight on the nose, lots of cedar, graphite aromas, tightly wound and more introverted like the d’Armailhac. Blackberry, smoke and a touch of pencil lead. Thick chewy tannins on the entry, blackberry, briary, cedar and then great persistency on the finish, the back-palate with lovely pure black fruits than linger. Cigar box towards the finish that is cut through with a citrus edge – but it clams up on the finish. Long-term.
90 - 92/100

Lots of blue still in the purple. Dense, polished, sweet start. Lots of acidity. Difficult to read. Well polished plums Looks much more developed than its stablemate Armailhac. Savoury notes with a little tarmacadam. Very dry and only medium weight on the palate – not that luscious or ripe. . But maybe just a little bit too tart for comfort?One of the ‘greener’ Pauillacs. 2015-25

89 - 91/100


Pauillac Cinquième cru 1855 The tiny village of Milon is in the far north of the Pauillac commune and lends its name to Château Duhart-Milon. Château Clerc Milon is a kilometre away to the east, the other side of Château Lafite-Rothschild in the village of Mousset but, for some reason, also adopted the name of Milon. The Clerc comes from Jean-Baptiste Clerc who owned the château at the time of the 1855 classification when it was accorded 5th Growth status - a status that the Rothschilds (of Mouton, who bought the run-down estate in 1970) have striven hard to exceed. As far as neighbours go, they don't come more impressive than Clerc Milon's - the vineyards adjoin both those of Château Lafite-Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild. That's quite a lot to compete with! The vineyards are planted to around 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, a proportion that has slowly been reduced over the years in favour of Merlot (40%). There is just over 10% Cabernet Franc, a little Petit Verdot and, very unusually for Bordeaux these days, a small amount of Carmenere. The label shows an ornate pair of jewelled dancing clowns that are part of the art collection at Mouton Rothschild.

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