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2021 Château Clerc Milon En Primeur

Released for sale en primeur.

Bordeaux En Primeur, landing in spring 2024.

Limited availability.  To order, e-mail us at sales@richardkihl.ltd.uk 

 

 

Château Clerc Milon, Cru Classé Pauillac

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Château Clerc Milon, Cru Classé Pauillac

Château Clerc Milon is a Cinquièmes Cru Classé in Pauillac, named (like neighbour Duhart-Milon) after the village of Milon in Pauillac and its owner at the time of the 1855 Classification, Jean-Baptiste Clerc.   The estate was purchased in 1970 by Baron Philippe de Rothschild and benefits from the winemaking expertise of the team at Mouton-Rothschild.  Clerc Milon is usually a clear step up from sibling property d'Armaihac and seems to us to capture more of the nuances and complexity of the First Growth.  

A new winery was built in 2011 (the estate does not possess a Château).  The 41 hectares of vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (37%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Petit Verdot (2%) and Carmenere (1%).  The average age of the vines is 53 years. Mostly planted before the development of clonal selection, the vines may lack the precise properties of more modern plantings, but they are rich in genetic material. The vine density ranges between 8,500 and 10,000 vines per hectare, very similar to Mouton.

RED 2021 Château Clerc Milon 75cl £342 per case of 6 Château Clerc Milon
2021 / / 75cl
£342 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 1.5% Petit Verdot, 1.5% Carmenère. Cask sample. More restrained aromatically than some this year. Dark fruit and savoury nuance. Palate solid and firm with plenty of freshness. Tannins present but well rounded, tightening on the finish to give some persistence. Pleasantly dry finish. Pauillac muscle but in a low key form. Drink 2028 – 2040. 16.5 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"Sappy, concentrated, powerful, this is a wine that has a lot of power naturally and in a vintage like 2021 (and with higher Cabernet Franc and higher Carmanère than the past few years), it runs the risk of being austere. Certainly you feel a sterner character than over the past few years, but there is flexibility in the tannins, and well-worked blackcurrant and blackberry fruit. Will benefit from fattening up through the mid palate over ageing, because all the elements are here. 55% new oak. 57IPT. 3.73ph. Caroline Artaud technical director as of this vintage. Strong candidate for upscore in bottle. 92 points" janeanson.com------"The 2021 Château Clerc Milon is based on 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Carmenère and Petit Verdot. It has more pure cassis and graphite as well as medium bodied richness, ripe, polished tannins, remarkable purity of fruit, and a great finish. 93-93 points" Jebdunnuck.com------"The 2021 Clerc Milon is a success, bursting with aromas of blackberries, cassis and plums mingled with violets, tobacco leaf and nicely integrated new oak. Medium to full-bodied, layered and seamless, it's deep, fleshy and complete, with a rich core of succulent fruit, beautifully polished tannins and a long, sapid finish, it's a compelling, characterful wine that transcends the vintage. 92-94 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"The 2021 Clerc Milon is gorgeous. Beams of tannin lend energy and direction to an alluring Clerc Milon that marries fruit density with a classic sense of structure that is quite appealing. 92-94 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"Polished and well-structured red with a medium body and firm but creamy and broad tannins. Perfumed already, with sandalwood, blackberry and currant character. Crushed stones. Tea leaves, too. Firm and solid to the end. Very solid for the vintage. 59% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot, 10% cabernet franc, 1.5% carmenere and 1.5% petit verdot. 93-94 points" jamessuckling.com

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