2014 - Ch Clerc Milon 5ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Clerc Milon
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Drinking
2019 - 2028
Case size
12x75cl
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2014 CH CLERC MILON 5ÈME CRU PAUILLAC - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Clerc Milon
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
Drinking
2019 - 2028
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £932.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2015,
    Score: 90-92

    Sweet dark whole berry fruit aromas. A weighted wine, which immediately fills the mouth with its volume and intensity. Lots of concentration, with broad black fruit and cocoa flavours, and hints of vanilla and spice on the finish.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2014,
    Score: 90-92

    The Château Clerc-Milon 2014 contains less Merlot than usual as the old vines produced just 15 hectoliters per hectare. The blend consists of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenère. Like the d’Armailhac '14, there is a sense of opulence on the nose, ripe blackberry intermingling with black olives. The palate is rich and quite tangy on the entry. This is a “full-on” Clerc-Milon, quite extravagant in the context of the vintage, not a shy Pauillac, perhaps due to that expressive old vine Merlot? There is a pinch of soy on the finish that continues onto the aftertaste. Feisty Clerc-Milon for those who want a bit of va-va-va-voom in their Pauillac.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2015,
    Score: 91-94

    A fabulous wine from this venerable estate, the 2014 Léoville-Barton is super-impressive today. Dark red stone fruits, wild flowers, mint, spices and raspberry all show the inflections of invigorating freshness that are such a signature of the vintage. Hints of crème de cassis, blackberry jam, graphite, brioche, grilled herbs and spice add nuance on an inky finish that gains weight over time. Today, the 2014 is embryonic, but I won't be surprised if it grows considerably over the coming years. The blend is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times.

  • JS

    James Suckling, March 2015,
    Score: 91-92

    A linear and fine Clerc with iodine, red clay and blueberry character. Full body and fine tannins. Tight and refined. Very straight and racy.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2015,
    Score: 91

    More briary, robust and structured than its stable mate d'Armailhac. Impressive vineyard depth – a serious Pauillac on top form. Drink: 2020-2035

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2015,
    Score: 16.5++

    (58 Cabernet Sauvignon, 29 Merlot, 11 Cabernet Franc, 1 Petit Verdot, 1 Carmenère) There is a distinct smoky coffee, herbal note on the nose which rather distracts from the fruit. Tart acid controls the wine with pungent oak running right the way down its spine. The finish is crisp and lively and yet it doesn’t quite flow smoothly enough for my liking. There is an urgency and an uncomfortable edge to this wine.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2015,
    Score: 16.5+

    Very dark crimson. Mineral lift on the nose. Quite zesty and lifted and savoury - but the fruit is a little raw. Lots of freshness but not too stringy. Although, as for Armailhac, it’s a bit demanding and astringent on the finish. And does not last as long. Astringent finish. Lots of effort and density here. For the moment it’s a bit brawny and angular but it should come right in the end. Drink 2023-2035

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, March 2015,
    Score: 91-94

    Delightfully plump and juicy, with a core of fresh plum, blackberry and cherry fruit, lined with alder and dark tea notes. A long iron note is well-buried, and there’s more flesh here than in the d’Armailhac, with the tannins feeling rounder and more supple. Should be delicious. Tasted non-blind.

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Producer

Château Clerc Milon

In a brilliant location, next to Lafite and Mouton, Clerc Milon is another château in the famedMouton Rothschild trinity. Since 1985, it has done much work to improve its quality through bettervineyard management, better winemaking and by adding a higher percentage of Merlot to createfriendlier, yet more concentrated bottlings.Over the years, it has become a favourite of Robert Parker who often regards this château as "a must buy".

Region

Pauillac

Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.