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red currant , black cherries, and a touch of subtle, vanilla oak, with a fresh mid palate that is powerful and yet retains finesse, with a concentrated and dry finish. A slight flash of new world wine making here, but it's lush and the tannins along with the acidity help out. Should prove to be a stellar one. Decant for least 4+ hours, or cellar for several years, and hold your breath for the magic.
Very Young but after 1 1/2 hr in the decanter, I could have almost thought I was drinking its bigger brother for a fraction of the price of course.. not bad in my book
External Reviews for Chateau Clerc Milon
Baron Phillipe de Rothschild SA, which owns first-growth Mouton-Rothschild, acquired Clerc Milon in 1970. The 107-acre fifth-growth estate contains mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with some Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenegrave;re. Quality here has improved significantly following the construction at the start of the decade of a new winery and chai. The 2005, one of the finest wines ever produces by the estate, delivers superb value from a historic vintage.
On a 107-acre site between Mouton and Lafite, Clerc Milon is part of G.F.A. Baronne Philippine de Rothschild, a group of properties including Mouton and managed by the same team. In 2005, the team produced a great performance from this vineyard, a clean, pure wine with delicacy and energy rather than tannic overload. Not that it isnrsquo;t laden with tannins, but the bright, wild cherry fruit flavor is a formidable partner, lasting for minutes through a buoyant finish. A supple, lovely wine that will go the distance with some of its more powerful neighbors.
Full ruby-red. Superripe, almost syrupy aromas of cassis, licorice, graphite and coffee. Full, seamless and sweet, with a ripeness verging on exotic; but this is fat with fruit. An outsized Clerc-Milon with a relatively high 13.2% alcohol but also very good energy in the mouth. Finishes with terrific breadth and substantial ripe tannins. ldquo;This was very restrained in the barrel but is really opening up in bottle,rdquo; noted Dhalluin. A superb showing today.
Ruby-red. Aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, chocolate, leather and sexy oak spices. Rich, supple and quite suave, with black raspberry and chocolate flavors lifted by an enticing floral character. Atypically silky, round and stylish for this wine. Finishes with broad, lush tannins. Drink after 2010.
Clerc-Milon continues on its rising path of quality with this rich and rounded magnificent 2005. Driven by rich, red jam fruits, and dominated by the dense, solid tannins, this wine is already approachable, but will develop over 8ndash;12 years.
Clerc-Milonrsquo;s 2005 has moved ahead of its stablemate, drsquo;Armailhac. A blend of nearly equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon (48%) and Merlot (40%), and the rest Cabernet Franc, it exhibits plenty of charcoal, roasted coffee, smoke, blackberry, and cassis notes along with a meaty-like character to its flavors and texture. Full-bodied with surprisingly high tannin as well as gorgeous depth and a multidimensional mouthfeel, this stunning Pauillac should be at its finest between 2014ndash;2030.
Here is a fifth-growth Bordeaux that consistently outperforms its rank. Interestingly, it is one of the few estates that still devote vineyard space (1% of its 43 hectares) to the Carmenère variety, once widely planted in Bordeaux but now almost extinct. This is a masculine bottle, full of muscular tannins mellowed by ripe Cabernet Sauvignon fruit.