2015 - Ch Clerc Milon 5ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Clerc Milon
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2021 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
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2015 CH CLERC MILON 5ÈME CRU PAUILLAC - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Clerc Milon
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2021 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
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Case price £932.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2016,
    Score: 90-92

    An attractive blend including Petit Verdot and Carmenère in addition to 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. A balance between charming loganberry and dark fruits, with hints of roasted coffee bean and vanilla. Generous and broad, with a grippy tannic structure to give drive and depth.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, July 2019,
    Score: 90

    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.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2016,
    Score: 91-93

    The 2015 Clerc Milon is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 1% each of Petit Verdot and Carmenère, raised in 55% new oak. It has a highly perfumed bouquet with scents of small black cherries, graphite, touches of incense and wilted violets. This is a very extravagant bouquet for Clerc-Milon that wants to make an early impression. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, more expressive and delineated than the 2015 d'Armailhac, the finish beautifully focused with that graphite seam coming through on the sustained finish. This is potentially an outstanding Clerc-Milon, though it will need a decade in bottle to show its true potential.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2016,
    Score: 91-93

    The 2015 Clerc Milon is plush, round and inviting, with a gorgeous center of fruit, striking aromatics and balance. The tannins are especially silky, which gives the 2015 much of its succulence and inviting personality. Hints of mocha, dark spices and violets add further shades of nuance and gravitas in a Clerc Milon endowed with real depth, density and gravitas. Patience will be key, as the 2015 is likely to require at least a few years to fully come together. This is a very pretty, rewarding Clerc Milon. Tasted three times.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, Feb 2018,
    Score: 93+/100

    A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere, the medium garnet-purple colored 2015 Clerc Milon opens with expressive crushed blackberries, red and black plums and cigar boxes notions with suggestions of dried herbs, earth and violets plus a waft of dark chocolate. Medium-bodied, fine, fresh and elegant, it has a lovely core of very pure red and black fruits, supported by finely textured tannins and finishing on a lingering perfumed note. This is a very pretty, superbly poised Pauillac! Lisa Perrotti Brown Score 93+/100 Drink Dates 2020 - 2040

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2016,
    Score: 94-95

    This is super fine textured with ultra-polished tannins. Full body, blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate. Long and refined.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2016,
    Score: 93

    Fuller than its stablemate d’Armailhac, showing more black fruits and a broader palate, but the same silky richness is there – a hallmark of big brother Mouton. Has great depth for the future.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2016,
    Score: 17.5+

    (51 Cabernet Sauvignon, 34 Merlot, 13 Cabernet Franc, 1 Petit Verdot, 1 Carmenère) This is a very stylish Clerc Milon with rather attractive black cherry fruit, a fairly succulent, rich mid-palate and a long, slightly spicy finish. There is a wildness here which I like as this serves to break up the formality on the palate. With only 1% Carmenère in the mix I feel that I shouldn’t be able to taste it so clearly, but I can. There is a faint roasted coffee bean note which intrigues and adds to the whole. This is a successful wine and my favourite of all time from this Châteaux. This success is put down to the new winery (finished in 2012) and some serious work in the vineyard. It is even a superior wine to the fêted (by some) 2010!.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2016,
    Score: 17.5

    51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenère. Picked 17 Sep - 6 Oct. Rather broader and riper than Armailhac, presmably thanks to the lower Cabernet quotient. But still very fresh, almost inky. Dry finish. 'New fashioned.' Super-appetising. Very long. Drink 2024-2040

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2016,
    Score: 92

    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. Drink: 2020-28

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2016,
    Score: 89-92

    Offers a rounded, juicy feel, with cherry and black currant fruit moving along, backed by sweet tobacco notes and a flicker of anise. Pure and fresh.

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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.