The 2019 Clerc Milon contains a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (72%) as more of their sélection massale comes "on line". It is quite intense on the nose, a mixture of red and black fruit, sous-bois and traces of tobacco. There is a fullness to the aromatics that I appreciate, hints of brown spice emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. This is not a bold, structured Clerc Milon. This feels elegant and refined, gently building to a lightly spiced finish with judicious cracked black pepper and clove notes. Understated and classy. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 2024 - 2040
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
The blend this year is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 19th of September to the 9th of October. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Clerc Milon starts out a little closed and broody, offering notes of tar, chargrill, tapenade and Marmite toast over an emerging core of stewed plums, black cherries and kirsch with a touch of garrigue. The medium-bodied palate delivers loads of freshness with crunchy black fruits and a lively line, backed up by grainy tannins, finishing long and savory.
|Score: 92/94+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, RobertParker.com, June 2020|
A very tight, precise red with super fine tannins that are tight and focused. Medium-to full-bodied with linear tannins and a bright, vivid finish. It’s leaner and refined. Precise and driven. This is a very cabernet sauvignon-driven Clerc with 76% cabernet sauvignon.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2019|
Clerc Milon is especially fine in 2019. Dark and mysterious in the glass, with superb resonance, the 2019 reveals myriad dimensions of its personality with a bit of aeration. The 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, the highest since 1986, very much comes through in the wine's flavor profile and structural feel. Sage, mint, lavender, licorice and spice add complexity to the dark fruit in a Pauillac that delivers the goods.
|Score: 91/93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|
Deep ruby in colour, with a pure cassis note layered with sweet and savoury spices - there is a restrained, mineral quality to the fruit this year. The palate has a vibrant balance with fresh acidity but fleshy, ripe black fruit at the core. The fruit is creamy and broad, but there is good restraint and chalky tannins that leave a savoury, moreish impression. Long, deep and smoky on the finish. Tasted at Waddesdon Manor.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The wine has the highest levels of Cabernet Sauvignon since the 1980s, and even on the nose you can feel its impact in terms of the depth of tight black fruit. Extremely good quality with fine tannins that build, build, build over the palate, and grip on, forcing you to slow down and pay attention. Beautiful spice with menthol, slate, pencil lead, blackberry and blackcurrant. An exciting wine with real energy and forward motion, helped to withstand the summer heat by its position by the river, and the fact that the average age of the vines at Clerc Milon is almost 50 years. 2% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Jean Emmanuel Danjoy's last outing doing the full vintage at Clerc Milon before he heads over to Mouton as technical director. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044
|Score: 95||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020|
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Barrel sample.
Dense, reserved, even broody. Broader across the palate but with real length and drive. Good fruit weight. Firm but very fine tannins. Chalky freshness through and through. Almost but not quite on the right bank. (JL)
Drink 2027 – 2040
|Score: 17+||James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020|