From the same stable as Mouton Rothschild and d'Armailhac, Clerc Milon, despite the relatively high percentage of Merlot (44%) combined with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Cabernet Franc, is dense, rich, tannic, and backward. Surprisingly muscular for this offering, which often exhibits a more precocious side, it offers up abundant amounts of creme brulee, chocolate, cedar, and black currants. This full-bodied Pauillac displays gorgeous purity and depth as well as moderately high tannins in the finish. Because of its freshness, structure, and density, it is reminiscent of a 1996 Medoc. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.
|Score: 91+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009|
A brilliant success for Clerc-Milon, this deep ruby/purple-hued blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc exhibits notes of espresso roast, chocolate, cedar, and copious amounts of black currant fruit. It is a medium to full-bodied, pure, rich, layered, intense effort built along the lines of the 1996, but with more forward fruit at present. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025.
|Score: 91/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
The 2006 Château Clerc-Milon has a very respectable bouquet: red fruit rather than black, laced with tobacco, woodland and dried herbs aromas, quite Saint Julien-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, succulent opening: blackberry and raspberry fruit laced with salt and a dash of white pepper that leave the mouth tingling on the Merlot-driven finish.
|Score: 90||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2016|
Tasted at Mouton Rothschild. A touch of brine on the nose that is a little pinched, then a barnyard note that I rarely find on Clerc Milon. The palate has good concentration through, good acidity and a touch of liquorish on the mid-palate. More savoury that I expected: this Clerc Milon has character but misses a little breeding. Tasted April 2007.
|Score: 88/90||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2007|
Very good amount of plum and chocolate character on the nose and palate. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins. Medium finish. Pretty core of fruit.
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007|
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc.
Notably deep crimson with a pale rim. Not much nose though it gives the impression of some density underneath. Quite well handled but pretty tough and embryonic - as though this wine got all the press wine. Pretty severe and at this stage ungracious. Obviously more ambitious than the Armailhac from the same, Mouton stable but all structure and no fruit for the moment.
|Score: 16+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007|
Bright ruby-red. Expressive aromas of currant, tobacco, graphite, herbs, roast coffee and smoky oak. Supple, solid and broad, with a mouthfilling fleshiness leavened by good energy and vinosity. There's a medicinal reserve to the redcurrant and dark chocolate flavors. Finishes broad and long, with substantial dusty tannins and very good length. A more muscular style than Armailhac, also from the team at Mouton-Rothschild, and in need of at least five years of cellaring.
|Score: 90||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009|
Ruby-red. Plum, currant, graphite, cedar and smoky, nutty oak on the nose. Big, round and spicy, with lovely mid-palate fat and sweetness to the enticing currant and coffee flavors. This has very good breadth, although Dhalluin finds it "vertical" today and feels it has suffered more from the recent fining than either d'Armailhac or Mouton. But there's excellent supporting material here for the wine's tannins.
|Score: 89/91||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008|