Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

1996 Chateau Clerc Milon – Bottle Notes

The history of Chateau Clerc Milon dates back to the early 1800’s. In 1970 Baron Philippe de Rothschild, the owner of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, acquired Clerc Milon and put the Chateau on course to becoming worthy of its 5th growth status in Bordeaux. In 1983, the illustration for the Chateau Clerc Milon label was changed to a pair of dancing clowns made of precious stones. The original art was created by a 16th century German goldsmith. The 45 hectare vineyard of Clerc Milon in Pauillac is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere.

This bottle was decanted for about 2 hours and served with an Italian style meatloaf . I bought the wine on release in the late 90’s and the bottle has been cellared properly ever since.

Crimson in color with some bricking at the edge of the glass. 12.5% ABV. Classic nose of red fruits, leather, cigar box and earth. Rich and powerful with more than enough fruit to keep the tannins in check. Currants, cassis, plums and earth on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. The wine got better as the night progressed. Really compelling Bordeaux that is aging gloriously. Markedly better than a bottle several years ago. Best over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Chateau Clerc Milon is one of the great values in Pauillac. The 2016 version can be found for about $50 and will certainly drink well for the next decade or two.

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