The power and delicacy of a promising vintage by Clerc Milon
A Grand Cru Classe in the official classification of 1855, Chateau Clerc Milon has become known as a reference point, vintage after vintage, and one of the most sought-after wines in the wine market of Bordeaux.
With this long-awaited vintage, Chateau Clerc Milon 2017 promises to be quite auspicious, despite a lower quantity than average produced. Despite the frost of April 27th, which hit the entire region of Bordeaux, Chateau Clerc Milon preserved the quality of its fruit, aided by the warm temperatures during the month of May, which advanced the vegetative cycle of the vine. After a rainy June, the warm summer temperatures combined with significant dryness resulted in small berries, with very concentrated colours and sugar. The harvest came early in 2017. At Chateau Clerc Milon, they began on September 13th and continued until the 29th with Carmenere.
In the glass, the Chateau Clerc Milon 2017 displays a very dense and very vibrant, garnet-red colour. On the nose, the aromatic palette reveals the solar character of the vintage, while highlighting the freshness of the fruit. The first nose opens with notes of black fruit (blackberries), punctuated by slightly roasted notes from the barrel. When the wine is swirled, the nose evolves noble mineral aromas. This aromatic palette offers classy notes, evoking the finesse of graphite and the scent of gunflint to finish upon delicious cocoa notes. On the palate, the attack is marked by its freshness, while also offering a nice texture, which is juicy and generous with chiseled, finely grained tannins. The aromatic development reveals gourmet aromas of cherry pit, evolving into bitter hints of chocolate. The persistent finish ends on a nice minerality, leaving a pleasant chalky texture on the palate. A wine from Pauillac already displaying a beautiful personality, rich in aromas and beautifully structured on the palate.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carménère, the 2017 Clerc Milon is deep garnet-purple in color and scented of crushed red and black currants, wild blueberries and black pepper with touches of cigar box, violets, underbrush and menthol. Medium-bodied and with a very firm structure of wonderfully ripe, pixelated tannins and exhilarating freshness, it finishes long with notes of pebbles and floral perfume.