CHÂTEAU CLERC MILON
2005 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenère. A nice elegance to Clerc Milon this year, which can be rather lumpen. Whether this is the year or the influence of Philippe Dhallouin is uncertain. Fat certainly, and with good black fruit and freshness of expression - and no lack of good solid wallop - its still a satisfying mouthful, but it has a greater completeness and more shape than usual, which makes it longer and more interesting. Rating: 92-92 L&S (Apr 2006)
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The Clerc-Milon ’05 appears to have progressed leaps and bounds since barrel. There seems to have been a lot of skin-maceration on the nose: baked black cherries and damson jam. It would benefit from more definition but its opulence is irresistible. The palate is ripe, good grip, furry, blackberry and graphite coming through, masculine and assertive towards the tannic finish. Good grip and depth here, persistent finish but brutish at the moment. Drink 2015-2030+ Rating: 94-94 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jun 2009)
Deep ruby-red. Deeply pitched aromas of musky currant, chocolate and nutty oak. Very ripe, sweet and densely packed if a bit youthfully clenched. A massive, typical Pauillac that's slow to reveal its personality. Showing less exuberant minerality today than the 2005 Armailhac but this has real power and density. Finishes with late-arriving, ripe tannins that reach the front teeth. (May/June 2007) Rating: 90-92 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)
Administrator Philippe Dalhuin has turned out an atypically structured, tannic, less approachable Clerc-Milon that has put on weight since last year and now rivals its stablemate, d?Armailhac. Powerful notes of forest floor, black currants, cherries, graphite, and pain grille emerge from this fresh yet exceptionally powerful, intense effort. It also possesses surprisingly high alcohol for this vintage (13.5%). The final blend was 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025+. Rating: 91-93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (May 2007)
The nose is very closed. Cedar, black fruits and a touch of tobacco. Quite supple, bright black fruits, touch of cassis, a little more fleshy than others. Good weight on the finish, nice grip and persistency. Rating: 20/25 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2006)
(a blend of 48% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 1% each petit verdot and carmenere) Ruby-red. Aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, chocolate, leather and sexy oak spices. Rich, supple and quite suave, with black raspberry and chocolate flavors lifted by an enticing floral character. Atypically silky, round and stylish for this wine. Finishes with broad, lush tannins. Drink after 2010. (en-primeur) Rating: 89-92 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2006)
Deep colour and fine leafy, fresh cassis fruit, fully ripe with good concentration with an attractive lift of coffee bean spice. Drink 2010-25. Rating: ****/17.5 www.decanter.com (May 2006)
Loads of violets, berries and currants with hints of mineral, light vanilla. Full-bodied, with very silky tannins and a long, long finish. Is it better than 2003? Wait and see. Rating: 92-94 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (May 2006)
Deep, dark crimson - rather velvety -looking. Savoury, appetising notes on the nose. Silky, fine tannins, very well-handled oak. A rather St-Julien-style Pauillac. Very well mannered and gentle. Though not the limit of ambition. Much extended, renovated property which was especially successful in 2005. 2015-27 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2006)
Medium to full-bodied, tannic, fresh, vibrant, and, as the French would say, croquant (crunchy), the 2005 deep ruby/purple-tinged Clerc-Milon reveals good acidity, a fresh, lively mouthfeel, surprisingly high alcohol (13.5%) that is at odds with the brightness/freshness found in the wine's power and richness. The final blend was 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and a smidgen of Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020. Rating: 92-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2006)
Château Clerc Milon
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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