1998 Clerc Milon 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | Fifth Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WA 91   IWC 87-89   WS 88   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

A superb effort, the 1998 may be the finest Clerc-Milon I have tasted. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot, this is a blockbuster, over-sized offering for this estate. Full-bodied and super-extracted, with power to burn, this rich, concentrated wine demands 7-8 years of cellaring.

Drink Dates: 2008-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 134

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 87-89

Black ruby-purple. Austere aromas of cassis and licorice. Primary and unevolved, but finer than the above. Here the substantial tannins are more thoroughly buffered by fruit, giving the wine a sweeter, more pliant finish. Perhaps in the line of the '88.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Silky, well-crafted, with berry, currant and licorice character. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins but a slightly hollow midpalate. Not as good as I remember from barrel.

Drink Dates: 2005+

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 90
Author: alshoh01
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 05/01/2013

Rating: 90
Author: Michael N292
Tasted On: 06/20/2009

Rating: 90
Author: Tato
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/10/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2010
Finally! This is the third bottle we have opened in 3 month and it is now ready to drink. It's still a bit short and medium bodied but flavours are now getting out. Blackberry and appropriate tannins. But I would not buy more.

Rating: 89
Author: Jito72
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/06/2010
Drink Dates: 2005-2012
nice, smooth, good but not at top notch of winery great vintage yrs.Drink now

Average rating: 89, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1209 bottles owned by 329 collectors.

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About This Producer

A fifth-growth chateau that consistently outperforms its rank, Clerc-Milon is part of the famous Rothschild family of estates. Purchased by Baron Philippe for a song in 1970 after it had fallen into extreme disrepair, the property saw a period of investment and re-habilitation and began again putting out quality wines in the early 1980s. Located in the northernmost region of the Pauillac appellation between Mouton-Rothschild and Lafite-Rothschild, Clerc-Milon is comprised of 43 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Camernere. Over recent years, Cabernet plantings have decreased, being replaced with more Merlot. The 14,000 case production is dominated by Cabernet, giving it firm structure and age-ability.

See other similar producers: Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Cantemerle, Chateau Leoville Las Cases

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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