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Clerc Milon 2011

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pauillac
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Administrator Philippe Dhalluin has produced a firmly structured 2011 Clerc Milon that displays notes of red and dark cherries intermixed with earthy, dusty characteristics, medium body and good purity. Slightly angular, it will benefit from some bottle age, and should evolve for 15 or more years. The only troublesome element is the tartness in the finish, which should soften and dissipate in several years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

The 2011 Clerc-Milon is quite high-toned on the nose with black cherries, bilberry, black olive and light graphite scents. This gains more composure as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with dense tannins, quite a bold and assertive Pauillac with good grip, maintaining balance and precision, persistent on the finish. Fine. Tasted blind at the annual 10-Year-On tasting. 2022 - 2036

Neal Martin, vinous.com, April 2022

A chewy wine but the tannins are polished and pretty. Full body, intense fruit and tannins, and a persistent finish. Muscular but balanced. Try in 2018.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014

The black fruits on the nose are rich and quite sweet. The fruit on the palate feels ripe fleshy with dark chocolate, liquorice and black truffles. There is structure supporting the fruit firm tannins but not aggressive allowing the fruit mix to fill out the back palate.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2012

One of the few wines in the Médoc to use Carmenère (even if it's only 1% of the blend), this is dense and concentrated, with lashings of smoky oak, plush bramble and liquorice fruit and sweet, polished tannins. It's quite a worked wine, but it's hugely drinkable too, with ripe fruit for the vintage and bags of flavour. 10+ years.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012

Firm deep colour and fine briary spice nose, very good depth, very Pauillac, full of character and potential complexity. Drink 2017-2030.

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2012
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Administrator Philippe Dalhuin told me this property (100 acres) has 240 separate parcels, which must make the strategy of harvesting a nightmare. Composed of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Petit Verdot, the 2011 Clerc Milon is more tannic, tightly knit and structured than its sister chateau, d'Armailhac. With more acidity showing, it performed as if it had just come off malolactic fermentation. Possessing a dense color along with copious notes of new saddle leather, black currants, mocha and wood spice, it will require several years of bottle age, and should keep well for 15+ years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

The 2011 Clerc-Milon, a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carmenere and 1% Petit Verdot, has a lifted sorbet bouquet that usually seems more extravagant and precocious than d'Armailhac. The palate shows slightly higher acidity than the d'Armailhac (pH 3.65 compared to 3.75 for the d'Armailhac.). It is slightly pinched at the moment, very linear and strict with a little hardness on the finish that should soften with time. This will be more representative after bottling. Tasted April 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012

This is a racy young wine with currants and blueberries on the nose and palate. Full and very silky with fine tannins and a balanced finish. A little muscular and lean. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, and 1% Carmenere.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012
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