Clerc Milon 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPauillac
ColourRed
TypeStill

Like Armailhac, this Pauillac is made by the Mouton Rothschild team. Always a serious wine, it has been much improved in recent vintages and usually represents good value for money.


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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Clerc-Milon has a tightly knit bouquet of blackberry, raspberry and light floral scents, very similar to its sibling, d’Armailhac. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin. Initially it displays crisp acidity and feels quite fleshy, but it firms up and finishes persistent but linear and a little aloof. I personally find that appealing, and I suspect this Pauillac will blossom after several years in bottle. Drink 2021-2036

Score: 93Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

The 2016 Clerc Milon is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere (the latter vinification intégrale, so that it includes 50% of the stems, and Philippe Dhalluin said he was pleased with the results). It has a very pure bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, a touch of cedar and ash in the background. It takes time to really unfold in the glass. The palate is adorable: svelte tannin, beautifully pitched acidity, great depth with a silky smooth finish that just caresses the mouth. There is a little tightness here compared to the more expressive 2016 d'Armailhac, but I have no doubt that it will turn into a top-flight Clerc-Milon. Drink 2023 - 2050.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

The Cabernet Franc was fantastic this year, so it was all used in the grand vin. The final blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carménère. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Clerc Milon leaps from the glass with beautiful scents of chocolate-covered cherries, plum preserves and crushed blackcurrants with suggestions of lilacs, cardamom, underbrush and unsmoked cigars. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm frame of finely grained tannins and seamless freshness lifting the perfumed fruit to a nice long finish. Drink 2021-2044.

Score: 94+Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim), November 2018

Hot crushed stones and dark berries jump out of the glass. Full body, very dense fruit and powerful tannins, yet it remains agile and bright with beauty and energy. So muscular and toned. Truly outstanding Clerc for the future. Unwavering nature to this. Try after 2024.

Score: 96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019

Refined and ultra-fine with a linear and polished character. Full-bodied, yet tight and racy. A classy and sophisticated young wine.

Score: 94/95James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 Clerc Milon is striking. Here, the interplay of dense fruit and supporting structure make for a wonderfully complete and expressive wine. Dark blue stone fruit, licorice, lavender, spice and menthol are all beautifully delineated in the glass. The aromatic and structure of both Cabernets come through with notable energy and precision. The 2016 has enough density and pedigree to drink well for many years to come. Drink 2023 - 2036.

Score: 93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019

The 2016 Clerc Milon is dense, plush and undeniably appealing. Plump fruit and supple tannins add to the wine's considerable charm. Here, too, the texture is sweet, plush and quite generous. A burst of dark blue/purplish fruit, grilled herbs, menthol and licorice punctuates the vivid finish. Clerc Milon has been terrific on each of the three occasions I have tasted it so far.

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Tasted blind. Quite lean and refined. A thoroughbred? But a certain green streak runs through it. For purists.
Drink 2025 – 2035

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020

Real aromatic lift. Calm, collected, lovely 'minerality'. Completely pure. Fully ripe but not a trace of sweetness. So cool!
Drink 2025-2043

Score: 17.5+Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

Like Armailhac, this Pauillac is made by the Mouton Rothschild team. Always a serious wine, it has been much improved in recent vintages and usually represents good value for money. A fleshy Pauillac with less Caberent Sauvignon than most. The 2016 is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere. Juicy with good intensity of black cherry and cassis fruit. Refined and silky in texture, this is very pure and focused on the palate with cassis fruit and light toasty notes lingering on the finish. Well made, but perhaps lacking an edge of complexity.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, April 2017

I was able to taste the 2016 Château Clerc Milon on multiple occasions and it was always brilliant, showing a deep ruby/purple color as well as sexy aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, new saddle leather, spicy oak, and graphite. Deep, powerful and beautifully concentrated, it’s a rock star of a Pauillac that’s going to keep for 30 years or more. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot and Carménère, all aged 16 months in 50% new French oak. 2019 - 2049.

Score: 95Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019

The nose has a mix of fruits quite fragrant and fresh the fruit on the palate is ripe mid suppleness and flesh. Integrated tannins the back palate has richness sweet fruit but there is enough underlying freshness to balance and brighten. 2026-41

Score: 90/95Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

Very different from but just as enjoyable as the richer, smoother 2015, this is a very impressive Clerc-Milon showing more freshness and precision. Bright and aromatic, with cut grass and black fruit notes, granular tannins and deftly integrated oak. 2022-30

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

An estate that has been making great leaps forward over recent years, and once again we have a gorgeous Clerc on our hands. This is extremely succulent, with aromatic complexity and a freshness that just bursts out of the glass. Things start off closed for the first minute or so, then the juice comes rushing through. The mid-palate is smooth and polished but also bursting with energy. This is quite clearly one of their best ever wines, ripped through with sweet cherry and wild blackberry fruit, tightened up by slate and cedar. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere (some of the oldest plantings of this grape in Bordeaux).

Score: 96Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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