2009 chateau clerc milon 5eme cru classe, pauillac
Why We're Buying
Not all fifth-growth Bordeaux are created equal. Château Cerlic-Milon stands out as a high watermark for the cru classé, with its cabernet sauvignon-dominant blend. The brainchild of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, the red wine appreciated 35.8% from 2017 to 2021.
I'm cheating a little by saying this is ready to go, but it's the beginning of the true upward swing for Clerc Milon, and should be celebrated. The richness of the vintage comes through, gorgeous color, young, opulent, silky, wonderful texture. Here new oak crept up to 33% and this is just perfect, with a vibrant freshness. Young but not too oppressively so.
This wine continues the upward progression of Clerc-Milon. It has weight and density while also showing sweetness and delicious acidity. A very complete wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Clerc Milon has great purity on the nose, almost Burgundy-like, with black cherries, cedar, fresh mint and pine cone aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is extremely well balanced, with fine tannin—still a little tight and linear (unlike many 2009s)— but with a very persistent finish. Alongside the 2010, this is an extremely pleasurable, almost lascivious Clerc Milon that is one of the most sensual releases under winemaker Philippe Dhalluin. Tasted April 2017.
This is very classic for the appellation with as much smoky and earthy character as ripe cassis. Good concentration and a stunning balance of ripe fruit, fine tannins and a long elegant finish. Drink or hold.
Juicy and nicely framed with a singed bay leaf note, which allows the medium-weight core of crushed plum and mulled fig to glide along nicely through the velvety finish. This fleshes out considerably as it sits in the glass, showing more layers of dark fruit and lingering minerality. This has some power in reserve, but lovely balance as well.