|Grapes||Cab Franc, Carménère, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
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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Extremely floral with blackberry and blueberry character plus hints of violets. Full-bodied yet always in check and reserve with fine tannins and bright acidity that goes on for minutes. Limestone undertones. The finish is particularly long this vintage. Super Clerc. Drinking range: 2021 - Rating: 95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Feb 2018)
Smooth, rich and well upholstered, this is typical of the wines from the Mouton stable, especially now that the new cellar is in action. It’s a ripe, textured, sweetly oaked style that nods towards the New World as much as the Gironde, and is skilfully done. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2016)
This is 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 1% each Petit Verdot and Carmenère. A quite bright, perfumed, direct style here, with fresh black fruit, powdered cherry and taut, just-ripe blackcurrant, with a slightly leafy freshness to it. The palate is very pure, with tense blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, with a rather taut, slightly leafy edge to it like the nose and a little dusty pepper. Very cool in style, with a sappy acid backbone, perhaps exaggerating the definition of the tannins a little bit. These are ripe, and give some rather firm grip. Rather open and juicy in the finish, with a lot of structure coming through here. Tasted twice. Rating: 15-16/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2016)
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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