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CHÂTEAU CLERC MILON

2013 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

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

Good colour. Fruit is less expressive than in stablemate d'Armailhac, so oak is what shows most on the nose, but this remains quite a good rich mouthful, with a sort of Christmas cake plumminess significantly fuller than d'Armailhac and with everything in the right place. Rating: 89-90 L&S (Apr 2014)

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A very successful effort in this vintage from administrator Philippe Dhallhuin, this blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot is a bigger, richer, more complete wine than its sibling, d’Armailhac. Yields were a tiny 23 hectoliters per hectare and the wine exhibits a dark plum/ruby color, medium body, a fleshy palate, and notions of herbs as well as black currants. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. 2014-2026 Rating: 87-89 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Aug 2014)

(58% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot and 1% carmenere): Good bright, deep ruby. Aromas of blackberry, aromatic oak, licorice and eucalyptus. Fairly intensely flavored but tightly wound, with subdued but pure notes of blackberry, licorice and minerals. Finishes clean and saline; perhaps time will allow it to develop more flesh. Rating: 87-89 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)

Brambly and black fruited yet fragrant the nose has quite a lot of complexity. The palate has sweet fruit quite rich in the middle just a hint of black truffle but at the back the bramble and bilberry mix refreshes and gives a slightly lighter feel to the finish. 2018-28 Rating: 88-90 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(May 2014)

Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2014)

58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenère. Rich, juicy black fruit – very modern and smooth. Light, plasticine tannins, soft and easygoing. The tannins outweigh the body slightly. 2017-2027 Rating: 15.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2014)

(58 Cabernet Sauvignon, 27 Merlot, 12 Cabernet Franc, 2 Petit Verdot, 1 Carmenère) This is a lot more interesting on the nose than its stablemate d’Armailhac and this is probably down to the full brochure of five grapes. Red fruit dominates and there is spice, brightness and lift. It is well balanced, quite succulent and red wine gummy. The acidity is delicious and the overall feel is of an older style wine but with very clean and refreshing red fruit. Will age fast, but that’s no bad thing. Rating: 16 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Apr 2014)

A light toasty note sits atop the plum and currant fruit for now, with alder and juniper accents lining the slightly taut finish. Seems rather tight and backward today, featuring a plum skin edge that holds sway on the finish. Shows good stuffing for the vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenère. Rating: 89–92 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2014)

Deep colour and firm fruit both on nose and palate, good structure and weight and fine vineyard character, good future. Drink: 2019-2030. Rating: 17 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2014)

This is a delicious, lighter Clerc with currant, blackberry and mineral character. Medium body with good density and a good, fresh finish. 58% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot and 1% carménère. Rating: 89-90 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2014)

The Clerc Milon is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenère. It was cropped at 23hl/ha due to the coulure on both the Merlot and more rarely the Cabernet. It has a light and slightly tertiary bouquet that does not have the precocity of the d'Armailhac. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, compact red and black fruit with a structured but slightly short finish. I must confess: I was expecting more from such a great estate Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2014)

Dark cherries, tobacco, scorched earth, smoke and game inform the 2013 Clerc-Milon. The 2013 possesses good depth and intensity, although the tannins are a bit rough around the edges at this stage. In 2013 the blend is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere, harvested between October 1 and October 9. Rating: 88-90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2014)

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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