Clerc Milon 2000


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Tasting Notes

A beautiful wine and one of my favorites from this estate, this blend of nearly two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Merlot is aging impressively. Dense ruby/purple in color, with creme de cassis, charcoal, and sweet leathery and chocolatey notes intermixed with the classic Pauillac cedar and spice box, the wine is medium to full-bodied, fleshy, with sweet tannin and a long finish. It seems to have inched into its window of full drinking maturity, and will stay there for 10-15+ years.

Score: 92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010

Score: 91Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

This flamboyant, dense, opaque purple-colored wine, made from a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot, is muscular, with an unctuous texture and high levels of tannin as well as extract. Compared to its other sibling in the Mouton-Rothschild stable, d'Armailhac, it is far more closed and tannic but still somewhat ostentatious, with smoky, leathery notes intermixed with oodles of black fruits and spice box. The wine may, however, have trouble eclipsing the brilliant 2001. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020.

Score: 92+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

The full-bodied, concentrated, dense 2000 has muscle and fat to burn. Opaque ruby/purple-colored, with an unctuous texture, and notes of black cherry liqueur, cassis, smoke, leather, and licorice, this blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot displays noticeable tannin in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.

Score: 91/92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002

A massive Pauillac, the 2000 Clerc-Milon (a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot) displays zesty acidity, high tannin, and impressive levels of extract as well as richness. Its dense plum/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of smoke, coffee, blackberries, barbecue spices, and licorice. The attack is sweet, but then the tannin kicks in as does the wine's surprising acidity. Full, powerful, and long, it will require patience, atypical for Clerc-Milon. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.

Score: 90/92+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

At sweet-sixteen, this wine is well into its groove, sporting a classic nose of cassis, cigar boxes and cloves with a very finely grained, elegant and debonair palate, plus a finish so lively and fresh you find yourself reaching for another pour while wondering where your first glass went.

Score: 93Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Hedonists Gazette, December 2016

Score: 91James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 31, 03), March 2003

Score: 89/91James Suckling,, January 2003

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