2013 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. The Cabernet Sauvignon shows dominance here with ripe, juicy black current notes which cut through this wine’s dry tannic structure. The wine has power and a future that will be medium-term.
Dark cherries, tobacco, scorched earth, smoke and game inform the 2013 Clerc-Milon. The 2013 possesses good depth and intensity, although the tannins are a bit rough around the edges at this stage. In 2013 the blend is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere, harvested between October 1 and October 9. Tasted twice. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A very successful effort in this vintage from administrator Philippe Dhallhuin, this blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot is a bigger, richer, more complete wine than its sibling, d’Armailhac. Yields were a tiny 23 hectoliters per hectare and the wine exhibits a dark plum/ruby color, medium body, a fleshy palate, and notions of herbs as well as black currants. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. (RP)
The juicy core of plum and blackberry fruit provides an inviting profile, while light iron and tobacco notes hang in the background. Maintains a juicy edge through the bramble-tinged finish. A smart buy in this vintage. Best from 2017 through 2022. (Web Only-2016) (JM)