chateau clerc milon 5eme cru classe, pauillac 2017
JAMES SUCKLING
95
DECANTER
95

2017 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

JAMES SUCKLING
95

James Suckling

This is a rich and profound red with blackberries, blackcurrants, pine needles and graphite. Black licorice, too. Full-bodied, crisp and creamy with fantastic tannin backbone and length. Deep. A blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 23% merlot, 14% cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot and 1% carmenere. Try after 2022.

DECANTER
95

Decanter

Creamy weight through the body, although as with the 2001 this is a vintage that stays on the lighter side of its Pauillac tannins. As it opens, you get subtle layers of blackberry, flint, graphite, cassis, touches of smoked coffee beans. A separate vineyard and cellar team had been in charge here since 2009, headed up by ex-Opus One winemaker Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy. The 300 plots of the vineyard had been reworked down to 70 or so plots through careful land purchases, and the vineyard worked carefully to ensure the roots could travel deeper. Blend completed with 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmanère, because at this point a new wine cellar with smaller tanks made it possible to vinify them apart. Drinking Window 2025 - 2044

WINE SPECTATOR
94

Wine Spectator

This starts with a kick of violet before a well-built beam of black currant, fig and plum paste flavors enters authoritatively. Very solid through the finish, with chestnut, alder and graphite notes adding a defined bass line. Fresh acidity is well-embedded throughout, keeping all the elements in line. A strong showing. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenère. Best from 2022 through 2038.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
94

Wine Enthusiast

With its elegant structure and a layer of firm tannins, this wine has density, a dry core and the blackcurrant freshness that comes with the vintage. The tannins will allow this wine to age well. Drink from 2023.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

With its elegant structure and a layer of firm tannins, this wine has density, a dry core and the blackcurrant freshness that comes with the vintage. The tannins will allow this wine to age well. Drink from 2023.

JEB DUNNUCK
93

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Chateau Clerc Milon checks in as 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Carmenere brought up in 50% new French oak. It's a much straighter, more focused, serious wine than the Pastourelle and has classic red and black currant fruits as well as medium to full body, a ripe, spicy, textured mid-palate, building tannins, and a great finish. It's another classic, balanced, nicely textured 2017 that's going to evolve well for 3-5 years and keep for two decades.