Clerc Milon 2014


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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Clerc Milon has a comparatively sultry bouquet, introspective with blackberry and briary scents, undergrowth and pencil lead. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, edgy and tensile with much more energy than the aromatics suggest. It does not have the ambition of the drive of d’Armailhac, but it feels long in the mouth thanks to that persistent graphite aftertaste. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2040

Score: 92Neal Martin,, March 2018

The 2014 Clerc Milon is more backward on the nose compared to the d'Armailhac: quite sumptuous in style with black fruit, dark plum, vanilla and a pungent violet scent. The palate is wonderful: a fabulous line of acidity, tensile and focused, mineral and intense with blackberry, citrus fruit, bilberry and cedar towards the elegant, yet intense finish. There is something almost Lafite-like about this Clerc-Milon and in my book, there is nothing wrong with that. Drink 2019-2045

Score: 92Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

The Château Clerc-Milon 2014 contains less Merlot than usual as the old vines produced just 15 hectoliters per hectare. The blend consists of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenère. Like the d’Armailhac '14, there is a sense of opulence on the nose, ripe blackberry intermingling with black olives. The palate is rich and quite tangy on the entry. This is a “full-on” Clerc-Milon, quite extravagant in the context of the vintage, not a shy Pauillac, perhaps due to that expressive old vine Merlot? There is a pinch of soy on the finish that continues onto the aftertaste. Feisty Clerc-Milon for those who want a bit of va-va-va-voom in their Pauillac. Drink: 2019 - 2038.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, (218), April 2015

Extremely floral and fresh with currants, light chocolate and orange peel. Red clay, too. Full-bodied, firm, silky and long with a flavorful finish. Salty undertone. Stones. Really serious. Better in 2021.

Score: 94James Suckling,, February 2017

A linear and fine Clerc with iodine, red clay and blueberry character. Full body and fine tannins. Tight and refined. Very straight and racy.

Score: 91/92James Suckling,, April 2015

The 2014 Clerc Milon is another juicy, fruit-driven wine from the Mouton Rothschild team. A veritable explosion of aromas and flavors makes a strong first impression. Lavender, spice, violet, mint and a array of blue and black stone fruits build into the racy, exotic finish. In 2014, the Cabernet Sauvignon is up and the Merlot is down in the blend. Tasted two times.

Score: 93Antonio Galloni,, February 2017

Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco, new leather and licorice flesh out in the 2014 Clerc Milon. Deep and pliant to the core, the 2014 boasts notable resonance from start to finish. Although not a huge wine, the 2014 is long on finesse and class, with silky tannins that balance some of the more overt elements. Hints of cedar, tobacco, earthiness and herbs add the final shades of dimension. Today, the 2014 is quite inward and not fully expressive, but it is nevertheless absolutely impeccable. The blend is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenère.

Score: 91/94Antonio Galloni,, April 2015

Tasted blind. Deep crimson. A little austere and edgy. May all settle down eventually but it tastes very angular now. Drying end. Lots of ingredients looking for a style?
Drink 2026-2045

Score: 16.5+Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2018

Very dark crimson. Mineral lift on the nose. Quite zesty and lifted and savoury - but the fruit is a little raw. Lots of freshness but not too stringy. Although, as for Armailhac, it's a bit demanding and astringent on the finish. And does not last as long. Astringent finish. Lots of effort and density here. For the moment it's a bit brawny and angular but it should come right in the end. Drink 2023-2035

Score: 16.5+Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2015

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. 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenere. Deep ruby colour. Espresso coffee, charcoal and black cherry on the nose. The palate has a forest fruit flavour, with wood spice, liquorice and smoke from new oak. The palate is crunchy with fine and rounded tannins. Nice weight and intensity, with opulent Cabernet fruit on the finish.

Score: 16+Farr Vintners, March 2015

This is defined by a large, rounded core of enticing cassis, cherry preserves and plum compote, while light anise and briar notes hang in the background. Offers an ample spine for balance, but this feels like it may be approachable sooner because of that ball of fruit. Best from 2018 through 2028.

Score: 92James Molesworth,, February 2017

Both nose and palate have a strong black fruit character firm black cherry backed by fresher bramble. There is mid sweetness hints of black truffles the sweetness giving way to freshness firmness on the back palate yet the finish is sweet with fair depth. 2025-35

Score: 88/92Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

Clerc Milon is often a comparative bargain among Pauillac's classed growths and this is particularly true in 2014. Deeply coloured, vibrant and aromatic, it's a scented, complex wine with an undertow of acidity, well integrated tannins and the oak and concentration to age. Very attractive.

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW,, April 2015

Score: 91Decanter Magazine, April 2015

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