2000 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac
Just starting to open now, with currant, tea leaf and berry character, along with a mineral undertone. Full body with firm tannins and a long finish. Another couple of years more of bottle age would be good, but why wait?
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A beautiful wine and one of my favorites from this estate, this blend of nearly two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one-third Merlot is aging impressively. Dense ruby/purple in color, with creme de cassis, charcoal, and sweet leathery and chocolatey notes intermixed with the classic Pauillac cedar and spice box, the wine is medium to full-bodied, fleshy, with sweet tannin and a long finish. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium-deep red-ruby. Aromatic nose combines cassis, minerals, mint, shoe polish and sexy oak. Suave and atypically showy for a recently bottled Clerc-Milon. This has lovely racy cassis and mineral flavors, a smooth texture and attractively restrained sweetness. Finishes aromatic and long, with thoroughly ripe tannins.
Super aromas of currants, mineral and exotic fruits. Full-bodied, with very firm tannins. This is long and chewy. Tough Clerc, but textbook Pauillac. Cab city.
Full, dense colour, lovely ripe fruit, has more charm and depth than d'Armailhac, despite a much higher Cabernet content, a typically elegant Pauillac, very good balance. 18/20 points.
There's something a little dusty about the nose of this. On the palate it's light, sweet and mellow with the tannins already well in retreat. Not that concentrated but light, fresh and with Pauillac minerals.
The French call this wine harmonious, and it is balance that gives it its charm, its character and its intensity. It starts with black, dense fruits and only half way through do the tannins kick in. At the end, the whole is greater than the parts, with acidity the last lingering memory.
33% Merlot and 67% Cabernet Sauvignon. 30% new oak. Black raspberry flavors. This wine is round and fat. Tannins are hidden by fabulous ripe fruit flavors. Excellent balance.