Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. 13%
I confess I didn’t enjoy this as much as I had expected. I think it is just the youth of the wine. These 2004 are good value compared to other available vintages, and high quality, but they are, of course, young.
Chateau Clerc Milon 2004 is a fine wine, elegant yet potentially rich. A lovely tight seam of sweet ripe fruit in mid-palate. A waste to drink it now. Wait at least three years, preferably until 2012.
Good ratings by other critics – though consierable diversity in descriptions.
Stephen Tanzer: 87-88 points very good to excellent. “52% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 5% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.
Good full medium ruby. Aromas of licorice, game, leather and dark chocolate. Densely packed and a bit medicinal, with good fruit intensity and some
youthful toughness. Finishes with substantial, slightly rough tannins.”
James Suckling [The Wine Spectator]: 89-91 points. “Very Cabernet on the nose, with lots of currants and hints of oak. Full-bodied, chewy and rich, with a long finish. Shows potential.”
Jancis Robinson 17 points “A good effort here in a wine that is softer and sweeter than its Mouton stablemate d’Armailhac. Very very dark blackish purple. Nice spicy nose, very round supple start. Attractively open, if light, nose already. A certain meatiness on the nose and then pretty light on the palate with dry tannins on the finish. Not tarted up, perfectly honest, but probably slightly lower yields would have yielded a slightly more interesting wine. Just a little bit too much inkiness rather than body. Honest though. Amazingly forward. Lots of black cherry fruit then the fine tannins and, just, sufficient acidity. Good classic Médoc if not necessarily
Pauillac. Drink 2011-17.”
Stephen Spurrier [Decanter] ★★★★ highly recommended [17 points] “Very deep colour, good concentration and very good
purity of fruit, quite firm and very Pauillac, with a certain leanness that needs to soften out. Drink 2012-25.”
Wine International Magazine: 86-91 points
“The ‘underlying green notes’ AR remarked on may well be the 1% Carmenère. Otherwise, it is a tale of dense, sweet black fruits, a savoury, black olive,
almost Marmitey note and very firm tannins, but not too much. It is quite extracted and perhaps a shade dry on the finish. 2010-2020.”