The dense ruby/purple-colored 2003 is surprisingly fresh and crisp, displaying no signs of the vintage’s extreme heat. This full-bodied, powerful, rich, backward, dense, tannic effort reveals notes of Chinese black tea, creme de cassis, licorice, and melted chocolate. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring, and drink it over the next two decades.
|Score: 91+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
A similar blend to the 2002 (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot), this wine boasts a big, deep purple color and a powerful, sweet nose of caramel, plums, licorice, espresso, scorched earth, and black fruits. Texturally mouthfilling, full-bodied, and opulent, it is intense and deep, with plenty of tannin in the finish. This could be one of the finest Clerc-Milons in recent memory if it all comes together as well as my instincts suggest it will. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
|Score: 91/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005|
Dense black/ruby-colored to the rim, this blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Carmenere (that’s right!) offers exotic aromas of smoke, barbecue spices, blackberries, roasted coffee, and chocolate. Deep, chewy, thick, and juicy, this unctuously-textured, well-endowed, full-bodied northern Medoc should drink well young, yet keep for 15-20 years.
|Score: 90/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004|
Loads of licorice and currants follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of refined tannins and a long, long finish. This is very structured and layered. Beauty. Better than the 2000. Best after 2010. 8,330 cases made
|Score: 93||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006|
Full-bodied, super-tight and rich with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. A real beauty. This is a thick and powerful blockbuster - one of my old favourites. 6500 cases made.
|Score: 95/100||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004|
Rather luscious, fully ripe fruit-driven opulent wine that is pretty alcoholic and rich and is at least not painful nor uncomfortable to drink. Dry end. Not the most concentrated but quite well balanced - except for the exceptional sweetness!. (Average group score: 15.9)
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2010|
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 04), April 2004|
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2007|
|Score: 15.5||Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (1), April 2004|