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80 Ratings
Chateau Clerc Milon Pauillac

Wine Details

Region

PauillacBordeauxFrance

Wine Description

(2006 Vintage) A cold and damp winter followed by a cool and wet spring held back the vegetation cycle and affected flowering. In striking contrast, July and August were particularly hot and sunny, with considerably less rainfall than the average. Peak temperatures of 38° C caused violent storms in late July. The water shortage continued in September, encouraging the grapes to ripen evenly. The Cabernets were promising and overall the grapes achieved satisfactory sugar levels with good potential acidity. The harvest at Château Clerc Milon began on 1 October and ended on 9 October, with exceptional help from Baron Philippe de Rothschild employees, who were invited to come and swell the ranks of the regular pickers. Over 130 staff members responded to the appeal and on 9 October, 695 meals were served in the harvesters’ refectory, an all-time record ! Sorted with painstaking care, the grapes were transported from the picking baskets to the gravity-fed vats in the Clerc Milon vat room. Although yields were among the lowest of the last 40 years, draconian selection ensured high quality.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    (2006 Vintage) Rating: (91-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 170 on Apr-07
  • Wine Spectator
    (2006 Vintage) Rating: 89-91 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 4/07
  • Robert Parker
    (2006 Vintage) Rating: 91-93 - As reviewed by Robert Parker
  • Decanter
    (1988 Vintage) Rating: 0/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Very deep red; rich dense chocolatey nose, firm and rather closed, oaky, excellent aromatic potential; soft, rich, succulent, silky, seductive with considerable depth, fine acidity and finesse, chocolatey finish; good length.
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2007 Vintage) Full ruby-red. Black plum dominates the nose, which offers hints of cedar, dark chocolate and minerals with air. Nicely layered and rich, with an enticing sweetness for the year. The substantial merlot component gives this a fine-grained, rather elegant texture, and contributes to the wine's pliant tannins. Much of the merlot here is planted in classic argilo-calcaire soil, notes Dhalluin.