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    3 851
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    6
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

Located in the northern part of the Pauillac appellation, Clerc-Milon is one of eighteen Cinquièmes Crus (Fifth Growths) and faces Château Lafite Rothschild across the Route des Châteaux. 

Having become increasingly fragmented through sell-offs, it was acquired in 1970 by Baron Philippe de Rothschild, of Mouton Rothschild fame, as a doup with great potential, and he immediately set about renovating the estate, constructing a new vat house and weaving his well documented magic on the château’s imagery. 

The vat house is the first in Bordeaux to claim High Environmental Quality certification. The 45-hectare vineyard is planted in 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% of Carménère, the latter consisting of vines that were planted back in 1947. 

Clerc-Milon is now making the best wines in its history, beguiling, classically-styled expressions of currant, blackberry and spice, and can boast an outstanding run of recent vintages.

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Another blockbuster year wine. This Pauillac is first popped and aired for two hours before consumption. It pours a dark garnet color with an inky black color. As expected from this stellar vintage, the wine pours with very thick long legs, evidence of an above average alcohol content. With time, the nose unravels itself and reveals notes of black fruit, dark earth, plums, blackberries, leather, lead pencil shavings and smoke. This is undoubtedly a very classic Pauillac nose. The palate echoes the nose and is suitably textured and viscous with evolved, velvety tannins to boot. There is barely any detectable trace of alcohol. As with the nose, the flavors are dominated by black fruits supported by a cast of scorched stones, graphite, cigar box and sous bois. Towards the end, there is some smokiness as well. The finish is long, complex and mysterious. Although the wine is still very primary as of now, it is drinking well, though an additional 5 years of aging should reflect more complexity. Will revisit this only in at least 3 years time. 91

  • 91p
Deep ruby. Slightly more scented over cassis, vanilla and sweet tobacco. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, somewhat rich and opulent style, but still elegant and refreshing. Long.
  • 92p

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Pauillac, Bordeaux

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 Michael Chan, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  Château Clerc Milon 2005  ( Château Clerc Milon )

Another blockbuster year wine. This Pauillac is first popped and aired for two hours before consumption. It pours a dark garnet color with an inky black color. As expected from this stellar vintage, the wine pours with very thick long legs, evidence of an above average alcohol content. With time, the nose unravels itself and reveals notes of black fruit, dark earth, plums, blackberries, leather, lead pencil shavings and smoke. This is undoubtedly a very classic Pauillac nose. The palate echoes the nose and is suitably textured and viscous with evolved, velvety tannins to boot. There is barely any detectable trace of alcohol. As with the nose, the flavors are dominated by black fruits supported by a cast of scorched stones, graphite, cigar box and sous bois. Towards the end, there is some smokiness as well. The finish is long, complex and mysterious. Although the wine is still very primary as of now, it is drinking well, though an additional 5 years of aging should reflect more complexity. Will revisit this only in at least 3 years time. 91

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Clerc Milon 2005  ( Château Clerc Milon )

"Deep ruby. Slightly more scented over cassis, vanilla and sweet tobacco. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, somewhat rich and opulent style, but still elegant and refreshing. Long. "

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