2017 - Ch Clerc Milon 5ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Clerc Milon
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2028 - 2041
Case size
1x300cl
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2017 CH CLERC MILON 5ÈME CRU PAUILLAC - 1x300cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Clerc Milon
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2028 - 2041
Case size
1x300cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £308.32 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2018,
    Score: 91-93

    60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenère. This fifth growth from the Mouton stable of Baron Philippe de Rothschild has superb terroir. It neighbours both Mouton and Lafite Rothschild, and has a high proportion of old vines including the now rare Bordeaux variety of Carmenère. It is smooth and delicious, and has the scent of blackberries with a delicate note of wild herbs and pencil shavings. There is a melting quality to the palate, with silky tannins. It is perfectly weighted.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2018,
    Score: 89-91

    The 2017 Clerc Milon was picked from 13 to 29 September and matured in 50% new oak (which was represented in the blend tasted.) It has a more closed, backward bouquet compared to the sample of d’Armailhac. It actually reminds me of that other “Milon”, Duhart-Milon in style. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a fine bead of acidity, quite austere and conservative with a precise, pencil-lead, Valrhona chocolate and smoke infused finish that just pulls up a little short at the moment. Tasted three times with consistent notes. 2020 - 2035

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2018,
    Score: 88-91

    The 2017 Clerc Milon is painfully backward and austere. In a vintage in which so many wines are forward and fruity, Clerc Milon is the exact opposite. There is not much pleasure or immediacy here, that much is evident. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, leather and licorice add to the wine's dark personality. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenère, aged in 50% new oak.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2018,
    Score: 93-95

    A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carménère, the 2017 Clerc Milon is deep garnet-purple in color and scented of crushed red and black currants, wild blueberries and black pepper with touches of cigar box, violets, underbrush and menthol. Medium-bodied and with a very firm structure of wonderfully ripe, pixelated tannins and exhilarating freshness, it finishes long with notes of pebbles and floral perfume.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2018,
    Score: 92-93

    Tight and compacted with chewy tannins and showing hot-stone, blackberry and blueberry character. Full body and a driven finish.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2018,
    Score: 94

    It's immediately obvious from both colour and first nose that this has a wonderful richness to it, offering powerful cherry pit, graphite and dark chocolate notes but without being overly sweet. A serious wine that is delivering on its potential, vintage after vintage. The Cab Franc vines are on limestone and clay here, and reached perfect ripeness. Overall there is a higher percentage of both Cabernets than usual in the blend. 9% press wine. 50% new oak. Drinking Window 2025 - 2038

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2018,
    Score: 17.5+

    There is more opulence on the nose here than found on d’Armailhac and this carries onto the palate, too, with more exotic fruit notes and some spice and coffee tones here, too. This is a lovely and ever so slightly flamboyant wine, given its size, and I like the fruit and also the length.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2018,
    Score: 16.5

    Lovely fragrance of small dark berries. A light herbaceous note lifting it out of the glass. Smooth, polished though not particularly deep or long. Fresh and singing from the glass in a lighter and delicious style. (JH) Drink 2024-2037

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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.