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2010 Ch. Clerc-Milon, Pauillac

Ch. Clerc-Milon, Pauillac
This is the wine you taste just before Mouton-Rothschild itself - but this is by no means a Freddo to the Godfather’s mighty Don Corleone. In fact, it’s far more Sonny: masculine, cool and defined. It is a fraction of the price of its big brother and is as good, if not better, than the brilliant 1990. Try it in bottles and magnums if possible; it will be an offer you can't refuse!
(50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenère)
(Simon Staples, BBR Fine Wine Director)Château Clerc Milon


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
16.5/20 18/20 17/20 94/100 90 93 - 96/100
Ch. Clerc-Milon, Pauillac
Rich blackcurrant fruit with some dry herbs/coffee spice nose, very good middle fruit and a firm, elegant structure and class, a château on top form.
(Steven Spurrier – Decanter – Apr 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
16.5/20 18/20 17/20 94/100 90 93 - 96/100
Ch. Clerc-Milon, Pauillac

Tasted 17 Feb: Lighter on nose than Armailhac. Tea-leaves freshness – more attenuated than Armailhac. Very crude and raw. Very, very young! The last vat finished its malolactic only very recently apparently. Will settle down. Tasted 8 Apr: Mid purplish crimson. Serious dry tobacco/leather spectrum notes on the nose. And then ripe black fruits. Really quite sweet and opulent on the palate. Those Cabernets seem just a tiny bit struggling up the hill to full ripeness... Bone-dry finish. (Score: 17 20-33)

Tasted blind 8 Apr: Mid crimson. Pale rim. Very ripe nose. Very thick, ripe and dramatic. Loose and a bit formless with a dry finish. There’s a little tart note in there which some people might find a bit much. Drying finish. Fades rather fast. But overall there is succulence. It is clear that a lot of work has gone into this. (Score: 17 18-30)
(Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com, Apr 2011)



 



BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
16.5/20 18/20 17/20 94/100 90 93 - 96/100
Ch. Clerc-Milon, Pauillac
One the finest Clerc Milons I have ever tasted, and showing better from bottle than from barrel, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and the rest a tiny bit of Carmenere and Petit Verdot has a complex nose of cedar wood, red and black fruits, white chocolate and creme de cassis. A very powerful wine at 14.5% natural alcohol (quite high for a Medoc), this wine has impressive purity and texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel, relatively sweet tannin, but an already endearing complexity, length and richness that are hard to ignore. This is a superb effort and one of the wines that is usually reasonably priced among the classified growths.
(94 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013)

The powerful 2010 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and the balance mostly Merlot except for dollops of Petit Verdot and Carmenere that achieved 14.5% natural alcohol – a record at Clerc Milon. An intense purple color is followed by notes of incense, creme de cassis and flowers and a broad, rich wine with superb purity, concentration and depth. This layered, expansive effort could turn out to be one of the finest this estate has ever made. Give it 3-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades.
(91-93 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011)


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
16.5/20 18/20 17/20 94/100 90 93 - 96/100
Ch. Clerc-Milon, Pauillac
Offers a more rounded feel, with cassis, black licorice and plum sauce carried by very supple but substantial tannins and terrific acidity. The long finish has a solid tarry edge. Tasted non-blind.
(James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator – Top Scoring Bordeaux 2010 – 31 Mar 2011)



BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
16.5/20 18/20 17/20 94/100 90 93 - 96/100
Ch. Clerc-Milon, Pauillac
Product: 7788
Maturity: Drink 2017-2035 (For laying down)
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Pauillac Map of the region
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 14% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
16.5/20 18/20 17/20 94/100 90 93 - 96/100
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