The 2003 Clerc Milon has reached full maturity and is absolutely ready to drink! Recommended with strongly flavoured red meat dishes and game.
The blend for this Fifth Growth wine contains five of the six red Bordeaux grapes! 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere.
Chateau Clerc Milon bears the name of the Pauillac hamlet of Milon and that of the Clerc family who purchased it in 1789. In 1855, the estate was labeled a Fifth Growth, placing it among the finest chateaux in Bordeaux. Seeing the potential of the estate, even in decline, Baron Philippe de Rothschild made the remaining 15 hectares his own in 1970. Over the following years, by applying the technical skills used at Chateau Mouton Rothschild and slowly buying the estate's former land, a process of renewal took place.
Currently, Chateau Clerc Milon has 41 hectares under vine planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere.
The dense ruby/purple-colored 2003 is surprisingly fresh and crisp, displaying no signs of the vintage’s extreme heat. This full-bodied, powerful, rich, backward, dense, tannic effort reveals notes of Chinese black tea, creme de cassis, licorice, and melted chocolate. Give it 4-5 years of cellaring, and drink it over the next two decades.
Rather luscious, fully ripe fruit-driven opulent wine that is pretty alcoholic and rich and is at least not painful nor uncomfortable to drink. Dry end. Not the most concentrated but quite well balanced – except for the exceptional sweetness!
Bricky garnet. Sweet spicy dried fruit. Some animal notes on the palate, a bit like the Armailhac. Gamey finish, tannins resolved and not too dry. More supple than the Armailhac.
Medium ruby-red. Liqueur-like dark berries complicated by truffle, leather and cooler herbal notes. Fat, sweet and rich in a rather full-blown style. This was quite closed a year ago in barrel but now offers considerable early appeal. Finishes with suave tannins.
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In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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