1986 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac

SKU #950273 97 points Wine Spectator

 **Ranked #2 on the Top 100 Wines of 1989** Seductively rich and supple with layers of elegant plum, cherry and currant flavors that are beautifully defined before the tannins kick in on the finish. The notes linger on and on.  (5/1989)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Dark ruby/purple with some pink at the rim, this wine has a super bouquet of sweet, toasty new oak, plums, black currants, licorice, and cedar. The wine is concentrated on the palate, rich and powerful, yet atypically soft and fleshy for a 1986. While this wine should age well for another two decades, it has matured faster than many of the 1986 Pauillacs. (RP)  (1/2003)

Jancis Robinson

 This particular wine is one of Mouton winemaker Philippe Dhalluin's favourites, exhibiting nicely the potential of this estate. It was served blind - another leftover from the Chinese guests as lunch who requested younger wines than this and the Mouton 1961 that had been prepared. I thought it was a 1990; it was that luscious and sweet. Very round and full - packed full of charm. (JR)  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

90 points Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 1986 Clerc Milon has an appealing, fresh, dare I say almost New World-like bouquet with small dark cherries, bacon fat, kirsch and hints of toffee. It has maintained admirable clarity. The palate is medium-bodied with melted tannins. There is certainly impressive weight endowed upon the 1986, the fruit decayed over 26 years and moving into secondary flavours of clove, spice, cooked meat and white pepper. It is still vital after 27 years and it is certainly more impressive than the 1982, though I would drink any bottles in my cellar now rather than later. Drink now-2018. Tasted April 2013." (eRobertParker.com, 1/2014)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Pauillac

- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.