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CHÂTEAU CLERC MILON

2015 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Grapes Cab Sauv, Petit Verdot, Carmenère, Cab Franc, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Pauillac
Classification 5ème Cru Classé
ABV 14%

Great breadth to the expansive black fruit here. Supple and ripe in a very easy, plummy way. This is expressive, spicy, full of interest, yet easy to hold in the mouth and explore. Rather a delight, and long too. Close to the best vintage of Clerc Milon I have ever tasted, quality near 2010, but a different style. Philippe Dhallouin was clearly delighted with it and said that sometimes all the little things - the ten year replanting and vineyard restructuring, the changes to viticulture, the new chai, lots and lots of little changes, sometimes seem to pay back all at once, and he feels that this is the case here. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2016)


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The 2015 Clerc-Milon has a lively, fresh bouquet with more red than black fruit, offering wild strawberry, red cherries and bergamot aromas laced with cedar. The lightly spiced palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin; more black fruit surfaces here. Well-balanced and focused, though I would like more substance and grip on the finish. This showed much better a year ago, so it may be entering a dumb phase. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting. Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jul 2019)

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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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