chateau clerc milon 5eme cru classe, pauillac 2014
WINE ENTHUSIAST
94
JAMES SUCKLING
94

2014 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.

Critics Scores

WINE ENTHUSIAST
94

Wine Enthusiast

This property continues its upward trend. It is a solid wine, packed with great ripe fruit. Old vines give extra concentration and depth of flavor. The wine has great potential, with both its tannins and rich fruit playing strongly. Drink from 2023.

JAMES SUCKLING
94

James Suckling

Extremely floral and fresh with currants, light chocolate and orange peel. Red clay, too. Full-bodied, firm, silky and long with a flavorful finish. Salty undertone. Stones. Really serious. Better in 2021.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2014 Cantenac Brown has a backward nose at first, a mixture of red and black fruit, cedar and tobacco, an attractive pastille-like scent emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a little more extraction than its peers. It feels fleshy and pure, notes of raspberry coulis, confit fruit, orange rind and tobacco towards the well-structured, delicately spiced finish. It makes you want to come back for another sip—always a good sign! A bottle tasted six months later in February 2017 demonstrated a little more cohesion and finesse, suggesting that this Margaux will meliorate with bottle age. One to watch out for.

WINE SPECTATOR
92

Wine Spectator

This is defined by a large, rounded core of enticing cassis, cherry preserves and plum compote, while light anise and briar notes hang in the background. Offers an ample spine for balance, but this feels like it may be approachable sooner because of that ball of fruit. Best from 2018 through 2028.

JEB DUNNUCK
92

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2014 Clerc Milon lags behind its 2015 counterpart but is a solid, concentrated, charming 2014 that’s certainly an outstanding wine, and then some. Red and black currants, lots of earthy minerality, tobacco, and cigar notes all give way to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, ripe, textured 2014 that has good acidity, fine tannin, and loads of charm. It’s approachable today but will be better with 3-4 years of bottle age and shine for two decades or more.