2019 Château Clerc-Milon: £295 IB per six

Tuesday, June 9
2019 Château Clerc-Milon, Cru Classé Pauillac

 

Clerc Milon, always a clear step up from sibling property d'Armaihac, seems to us by turns to capture more of the nuances and complexity of the First Growth wine.  Lisa Perotti-Brown finds notes of "tar, chargrill, tapenade and Marmite toast over an emerging core of stewed plums, black cherries and kirsch with a touch of garrigue", whilst Suckling notes the clean, linear style (94-95 pts).  We feel confident in recommending these wines as solid investments for your cellar.

 

2019 Château Clerc-Milon, Cru Classé Pauillac

"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. 91-93 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com

"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.  94-95 pts."  James Suckling"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. 92-94+ pts."  Lisa Perotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

"The top wine, the 2019 Château Clerc Milon is based on 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. More intensity and dark fruit emerge from the glass, and it has an elegant, medium to full-bodied style as well as classy Pauillac spice, cedar pencil, tobacco, and assorted darker fruits. It reminds me of the 2014 with its more elegant, charming style.  93-95 points."  Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2020

£295 IB per six bottles

 

Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022.  Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond.  Stock subject to availability, E&OE.

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