Clerc Milon 2010


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Tasting Notes

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.

Score: 94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 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.

Score: 91/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

The 2010 Clerc-Milon has a modest bouquet with blackberry and sous-bois aromas, perhaps missing the intensity of some of its peers in this flight. Pencil box scents emerge with aeration to add a little complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, classic Pauillac really with cedar and mint towards the brisk and defined finish. Fine. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. 2022 - 2040

Score: 92Neal Martin,, April 2020

The 2010 Clerc Milon has long been a favorite wine of mine. It has a gorgeous bouquet, with black cherries, raspberry preserve and a touch of Italian cured meat—all beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied, with supple tannin, very good weight and grip and a keen line of acidity. It is still very backward, with hints of black truffle in a very persistent aftertaste. This is simply one of the finest wines from Clerc Milon in recent years. Tasted April 2017.
Drink Date 2021 - 2035

Score: 93Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (231), June 2017

Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Clerc Milon 2010 has a very refined bouquet with blackcurrant, raspberry, mint and cedar, later tarry aromas developing in the glass. There is superb mineralité in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a ripe, sweet entry: powerful liquorice infused black fruit, quite sharp acidity and a spicy, very intense finish that lingers long in the mouth. It is almost impenetrable at the moment, but there is immense potential. Tasted January 2014.

Score: 94Neal Martin,, February 2014

Tasted at the UGC in London and at Mouton-Rothschild. The Clerc-Milon has an explosive bouquet of wild strawberry, dark cherries and cassis that is beautifully defined and to be honest, puts the d'Armailhac '10 in the shade. Philippe Dhalluin believes this is perhaps the finest vintage ever made. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe blackberry and minerals on the entry. It is beautifully balanced and more expressive than d'Armailhac, fanning out towards the finish with precocious, sweet black fruit balanced by a citric thread of acidity. Outstanding. Tasted November 2012.

Score: 95Neal Martin,, February 2013

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Camenere is a little reticent at first, but after 2 minutes of rigorous coaxing evolves a very pure nose of macerated black cherries, blueberry and cassis with very fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a compact entry that seems to expand as it remain in the mouth. The tannins are a little more prominent than the d'Armailhac with a citrus-like freshness on the finish. It has a little more alcohol (14.5%) thanks to the Merlot compared to the others, but there it is what you might describe as a joyous Clerc-Milon. Drink 2015- Tasted April 2011.

Score: 91/93Neal Martin,, April 2011

Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Clerc Milon rolls effortlessly out of the glass with open-knit scents of baked black cherries, blackberry preserves and crème de cassis with hints of leather, unsmoked cigars and dried sage with a waft of pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with concentrated black fruits and framed by firm, grainy tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long with great purity. 2020 - 2047.

Score: 94Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

Gorgeous currants and spices with licorice on the nose. Full body, with super integrated tannins and a long, long finish. The texture and beautiful fruit just wants you to drink this. Give it time but hard to wait. Try in 2016.

Score: 94James Suckling,, February 2013

I can't remember tasting a young Clerc as exciting as this since the 1980s. Fascinating aromas of blackberries and currant jam. Very deep. Tar too. Full and very dense. It just tickles the tip of your tongue. So much there. 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 36 per cent Merlot, 11 percent Cabernet Franc, 2 percent Petit Verdot, and 1 percent Carméncre.

Score: 95/96James Suckling,, March 2011

Very minerally and sweet on the nose. Rather opulent and hedonistic. 14%
Drink 2018 – 2043

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, March 2020

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. 2022 - 2035

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2011

Like Armailhac, this is made by the Mouton Rothschild team. Always a serious Pauillac, it has been much improved in recent vintages and usually represents good value for money. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenere. Smoky, tarry nose with hints of licorice and black pepper. The palate has a fleshy, smooth, creamy texture with well balanced tannins. Sweet black cherry fruit and a nice touch of spice. Hedonistic and decadent for a Pauillac.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, April 2011

The nose has a chocolate richness with lots of black fruits towards the back. The tannins although firm are not aggressive giving it backbone. There are layers of flavours the fruit underpinned by black truffles.

Score: 89/93Derek Smedley MW, April 2011

Score: 90Tim Atkin MW,, April 2011

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. Drink 2018-35.

Score: 18Steven Spurrier,, April 2011

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