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Château Clerc Milon

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2018 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 95

A beautiful dark, inky cranberry color with purple edges, the wine is silky and deep with licorice, crushed rock, flowers and perfectly ripe crème de cassis. The wine is supple, structured and fresh, representing the sophisticated, refined side of Pauillac. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% old vine Carmenere, reaching 14.15% alcohol. The harvest took place September 17 to October 10. 60% of the harvest was placed into the Grand Vin. There is so much going on with the 2018, you will want to age this wine for at least 8 years before popping a cork. Clearly, this is the best vintage ever produced at Clerc Milon! 94-96 Pts

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2017 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 93

Minerality and salty tannins heighten the natural sweetness of the deep, red fruits. The wine has vitality, gentleness and the structure to age. The finish delivers ripe cassis, blackberry, licorice and even more rock and stone. Certainly this is one of the best vintages for Clerc Milon. An arrangement of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% old vine Carmenere, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.64. The harvest took place September 13 to September 29.

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2016 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 94

The combination of all that juicy, red fruit, tobacco leaf, touch of dark cocoa and fresh, spicy fruits feels as good as it tastes. Medium bodied, refined and with ample structure to age, give it 7-9 years an this is going to be a very good Pauillac. The wine was made from blending 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% old vine Carmenere.

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What a super wine! This has depth of flavor, perfectly ripe, juicy, sweet, fresh cassis galore, soft, silky tannins and a finish that keeps on going. This should age without trouble for at least 30 years, but will start drinking well by its 10th birthday.

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Retaining its depth of color, the wine easily shows off its black raspberry, cassis, cocoa and floral notes. Silky tannins with a hint of salt and a purity of fruit with freshness for lift keep the layers of fruit on its toes.

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With quite a dark ruby color, there is chocolate-covered black raspberry, plum, and cigar box with a floral nose. The palate has a richness that I've never seen here before. Concentrated, polished, silky, sweet and fresh, the wine is long with real depth of flavor, ending with a salty complexity in the finish. This is a new level of quality for Clerc Milon. Blending 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% old vine Carmenere, this wine reached 13.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.58. The harvest took place September 26 to October 15.

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2015 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 93

Floral and tobacco nuances pop right up before moving on to the elegant textured, black cherry, licorice and crushed rock characteristics found here. The wine offers energy and purity in its fruits with soft tannins in the finish.

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Elegance, purity and freshness are the hallmarks of this beauty. Medium/fulll bodied, with layers of alternating black cherry and cassis, you also find notes of spice box, tobacco and cedar. The smooth tannins and fresh dark red fruits in the finish resonate with crispness and length. This will age quite well.

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At the top of my score range, or even better is where this should end up. Rich in texture, silky tannins and ripe, pure, sweet, cassis with a crispness on the palate is the name of the game here.

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The essence of forest floor, freshly fallen leaves and the wrapper of a fine cigar mingle with sweet cherries and fennel to create the aromatics for this medium/full-bodied wine. Silky, elegant, charming and focused on perfectly ripened red fruits, there is a beguiling purity in the cherry finish, leaving a lasting memory on the palate. Blending 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% old vine Carmenere, this wine reached 13.4% alcohol with a pH of 3.63. 90 - 92 Pts

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2014 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 92

Freshness, ripe, sweet, dark red fruits, soft, elegant tannins and an attractive, spicy, fresh, red berry finish, what more can you ask for in a young Pauillac?

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Tobacco and forest floor infused with a spray of cedar, the wine is soft, polished, medium-bodied, fresh, complex, elegant and approachable. There is length and a suave charm in the zippy finish. Using 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% old vine Carmenere, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.5. 91-93 Pts

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2013 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 88

Elegant, early drinking, medium bodied Pauillac, with a floral, red berry and cassis character.

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With espresso, plum and smoke on the nose, the medium/full-bodied wine is forward and open, ending with a simple blackberry note. From a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere, the yields were 23 hectares per hectare. The wine is aging in 50% new French oak. 88-89 Pts

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2012 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 91

With a floral, cassis, earth, thyme and black cherry nose, this soft styled wine will deliver tasty, early drinking pleasure.

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With a floral, cassis, earth and black cherry nose, this soft styled wine will deliver tasty, early drinking pleasure.

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This vintage represents the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon used in the blend over the past several decades at 60% . The rest of the blend includes 29% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere. The wine reached 13.6% alcohol. Graphite, jammy black cherries, licorice and coffee bean scents open to a soft, fresh black raspberry-filled wine that should drink well with just a few years of bottle age. 90-92 Pts

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2011 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 89

Fresh, lively, vibrant red fruits and spice, medium bodied, with an open, red plum and black cherry finish.

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Polished, soft, fresh, forward and elegant, the lively, cassis and dark cherries are complicated by earthy, tobacco and spicy qualities. Open and easy to like, this is a very successful wine in this difficult year.

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Blending 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and even amounts of Petit Verdot and Carmemere. Lead pencil, earth and cassis, this polished Pauillac ends with a long, fresh, bright cassis and mineral sensation. 90-91 Pts

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2010 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 93

Medium/full bodied, pure, fresh and clean, the wine is refined, elegant, energetic and polished, with a cored of ripe, sweet, red fruits that builds and expands. The tobacco, cedar, pepper and red fruits in the nose and finish feel as good as they taste. Give this until 2022 and the wine should be rocking'!

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A beauty in 2010, this is a great Pauillac with character. The cassis, tobacco and cedar character, coupled with the elegant tannins and freshness makes a great combination.

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Dark in color, the vibrant fruit and soft, polished ripe tannins are followed by a good denseness of raw material and richness of fruit on the palate. This is an attention seeking, well priced Pauillac. In another 7 years, give or take, this is going to be a treat.

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Earthy, coffee bean, vanilla, spicy black raspberry, cedar chest, and fresh cassis notes create the bouquet. Concentrated with cassis, fresh, spicy black cherries, ripe, but powerful tannins, balance and freshness, this is still a baby. Give it at least 5 years of age, if you can keep your hands off it.

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Deeply colored, the wine opens with cassis, earth, forest floor and plum aromas. Round and elegant in nature, this Pauillac ends with polished black and red fruits. 91-93 Pts

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Clerc Milon 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot ,11% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere make up the blend for the darkest color I recall seeing in Clerc Milon. Complex aromas of fresh herbs, cassis, forest scents, cedar wood and mocha open to smooth tannins, fleshy textures, brightness and a clean, cassis filled finish. 91-93 Pts

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2009 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 93

Starting to show really well, the wine is fresh, bright, medium-bodied and filled to the brim with sweet, juicy, lifted red fruits, spice box, earth and tobacco leaf. Elegant, soft and refined, the fruit is the right mix of juicy, vibrant, luscious and refined. Still young, you can drink this now with an hour of air, but if you give it another few years, it is going to be even better! 2009 was the first vintage for Jean Emmanuel Danjoy who will be taking over as technical director at Mouton Rothschild.

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With a ruby hue, the Asian spice, smoke, spice and cigar box aromas are easily found. Silky, soft and polished, there is a sense of refinement in the fruit along with a slight chocolate sensation. The fresh, ripe character of the fruit in the finish make this a vintage for early drinking, or one that consumers can age. 2009 was the first vintage for the new director, Jean Emmanuel Danjoy.

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Coffee, licorice, truffle, blackberry and tobacco scents lead to a lush, sweet, round and ripe wine that delivers sweet black cherries and spice and soft, plush textures.

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Cedar, cassis, tobacco, blackberry, earth and spice aromas were all over the place. This blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenère creates a wine that combines freshness, clean fruit, cassis and round tannins. There is ample concentration of raw materials to allow the wine and evolve, yet it will drink well young.

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2009 Clerc Milon, with its cassis, oak, caramel, and dark berry scented perfume, is inviting. This full bodied wine ends with boysenberries, cassis, and spice. This lighter style of Pauillac has not always been my favorite because of lack of concentration. 2009 is a big step forward. This is a very nice wine. 91/93 Pts

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2008 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 91

Starting to show just a hint of lightening in the color, the wine is medium bodied, fresh, soft and offers its red fruit and licorice with ease. Classic in style, with a reserved character, you can drink this now, or age it a few more years to gain more nuances to accompany all that fresh, juicy, tobacco filled cassis..

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Medium bodied, structured and on the firm side of the style range for Clerc Milon, the wine is young, lacking the depth and excitement found in the next series of vintages.

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Scents of chocolate, licorice, cassis, cherry, mint, coffee and stone open to a medium/full bodied, soft textured wine, ending with a tart, black cherry filled finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot .

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Clerc Milon was already closing down. With coaxing, earth, tobacco, cedar and cassis aromas could be found. This lighter style of Pauillac wine ends with a chocolate covered, cherry finish. The vintage of Clerc Milon to buy remains the 2009.

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08 Château Clerc Milon was deep ruby. Black fruit with a hint of oak on the nose. The finish showed great purity with its red and black fruit profile. An elegantly styled wine. 89-91 Pts

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2007 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 88

Medium bodied, earthy, cedar dominated character with crisp, peppery, red fruits in the finish.

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Lighter in style and delivering all it has to offer today, with its earthy, tapenade and cherry profile, drink this over the next few years.

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2006 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 88

Ready for drinking, this charmer delivers tobacco, dark chocolate and sweet red fruits. Medium bodied and mature, the nose, followed by the sweet, fresh, ripe, red berry filled attack are far more interesting than the finish. Drink now age it for more development.

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Truffle, cocoa powder, blackberry and spice on the nose, with ripe, polished tannins, the structure to age and a fresh, crunchy, cassis finish. Give it a few more years to soften and come together.

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Earth, tobacco, cassis, spice and blackberry scents, soft, polished tannins and a fresh, spicy cassis finish are found in this charming Pauillac. The wine was made from a blend of blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Drink this now if you them young, or give it a few more years to develop.

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From an assemblage of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, the wine opens with tobacco, smoke, blackberries, cedar chest and floral aromas. The wine offers good concentration of flavor and is more powerful as well as tannic than many vintages of Clerc Milon. Although the tannins are polished, this is young and needs another 5 years before the tannins fade, the wine softens and begins to truly open up. This is a stylish Pauillac that still sells for a reasonable price for a classified Bordeaux wine.

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2005 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 92

This has turned the corner and is now just great to drink. The nose shows secondary notes. The tannins have softened, the fruit is there, but so are the earthy, spicy, tobacco, cedar and cherry nuances. Drink this now, or wait a few more years as this is just now entering its prime time drinking window.

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Silky, smooth, delicious, polished, sweet, dark red fruits and tobacco with some, refined tannins left to resolve and a kick of fresh, juicy, cassis in the finish. Give this a few more years to develop.

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Cigar box and cedar wood along with cassis and blackberry are available in the open nose. Soft and elegant on the palate, with a fresh, crisp, refined red berry center, this is only going to get better with another 3-5 years of bottle age.

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Medium bodied and loaded with tobacco, earth, cassis and dark berries, this soft, elegant, refined, fresh Pauillac will probably drink well young. Give it a few more years. The wine was produced from a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere.

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2004 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 88

Earth, cigar box, blackberry and green pepper on the nose. There is a hint of dryness on the palate in the singed, cassis finish. This is ready to drink.

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Cedar wood, spice, earth and dark cherry aromas, medium body and an open, ready to drink, soft, red berry personality. The wine was produced from a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere.

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2003 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 90

With wet earth, spice box, truffle tobacco and fresh blackberries on the nose, this medium bodied, finesse styled wine avoids the over ripe qualities many wines suffer from in this vintage. Soft and close to fully mature, there is a dusty quality to tannins in the dark chocolate and cassis finish.

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With the patina of age in the color, tobacco, forest floor and fresh herbs dominate the perfume in this cassis filled wine. Medium bodied, with some dryness in the cherry dominated finish, if you own any, drink up as this wine is not going to get better. The wine was produced from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenere and 3% Cabernet Franc.

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Tobacco, cedar, smoke, cassis, s[ice and wet earth. Soft and round in texture, with a juicy mouthful of fresh cassis, this medium/full bodied wine is maturing at a rapid pace.

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2002 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 90

A solid wine that is drinking well at 12 years of age. Lots of fresh, ripe cassis, forest floor, tobacco, cherries and earth. Soft, charming and vibrant, this is quite nice today. The wine was produced from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

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2001 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 89

Vibrant, medium bodied with a bright, red berry quality to the fruit, the wine is probably close to fully mature. The wine was produced an unusual blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

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2000 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 91

Soft, fresh and open, this medium bodied wine serves up fresh cassis, blackberry, forest floor and tobacco in the nose. Polite and refined, this is drinking well today. The wine was produced from a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot.

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Following the 2009 Clerc Milon, this is my favorite vintage, and it's drinking perfect today with its earthy, tobacco, cassis and cedar chest aromas. More of a finesse Pauillac in style, the medium bodied wine offers pure, ripe, soft cassis and spice in the finish. The wine was produced with an unusual blend for the property, 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot.

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1996 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 90

From a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and 12% Cabernet Franc, this fully mature Pauillac displayed cassis, tobacco and truffle in the aromas. With a medium body, this Pauillac ended with with sweet, black cherries and spice flavors. This Bordeaux wine is fully mature. There is no reason to age it any longer as it will not improve much from here.

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Cassis, plum and hints of earth make up the perfume. Medium bodied and uncomplicated, the wine finishes with fresh strawberry and plum flavors.

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Cassis, blackberry, olives and herbal notes made up the perfume. Already mature, this easy drinking Pauillac ended with bitter chocolate and backberry flavors.

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1989 Château Clerc Milon  (Pauillac) 87

This has slipped past its prime time window. Light in the palate and nose, this easy drinking style of wine is not bad, it’s just simple, lacks excitement and requires immediate drinking.

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This starts with black fruit, licorice, camphor and coffee notes on the nose. Full bodied with a nice finish of licorice tinged cassis. This wine is fully mature and should be enjoyed sooner than later. The fruit has already started fading.

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