Chateau Clerc Milon 2017
95 Points - 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.
95 Points - 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.
94 Points - 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.
94 Points - 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.
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2017 Clerc Milon is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and offers up a gorgeous nose of potpourri, cinnamon stick, candied violets and kirsch over a core of warm cassis, plum preserves and boysenberries with a waft of garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers loads of muscular fruit with a firm, fine-grained texture and tons of freshness, finishing long and perfumed. Rating: 94+
93 Points - 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.
91 Points - Wilfred Wong of Wine The 2017 Château Clerc Milon is generous and substantive on the palate. This wine exhibits attractive black aromas and flavors with a hint of dust and earth. Enjoy it with slowly-braised meat dishes.