1999 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac

SKU #1004024 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This 1999 is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, and 18% Cabernet Franc. The saturated purple-colored 1999 displays a dense, flamboyant bouquet of roasted herbs, cedar, cassis, new saddle leather, and espresso. It is soft, seductive, velvety-textured, and endearing in a concentrated, lush style. It will provide enjoyment for 15-16 years. It is a top effort for the vintage. (RP)  (4/2002)

Jancis Robinson

 Aromatic. Refreshing (though not green) nose on a relatively ripe, fleshy body. Very appealing package, though the acidity is notable. Quite firm. (JR)  (10/2005)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red-ruby. Reticent nose hints at cassis, griotte cherry, leather and licorice. Denser and sweeter than the Armailhac today, with less expressive fruit but more volume and structure. Here the tannins seem obviously riper than those of the 2001. (ST)  (5/2002)

Wine Spectator

 Yummy aromas of ripe plum and flowers follow through to a medium body, with soft and silky tannins and a light finish. (JS, Web Only-2010)

K&L Notes

Comprised of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 27% Merlot. It’s broader on the palate than d’Armailhac and has more strength than the other Mouton wines. Fresh crushed raspberry notes. Soft tannins, sweet fruit, long finish. Clerc Milon’s ’99 is a juicy wine with a creamy texture. Retasted later in April (2000): This wine had gained strength. More tannin and structure.

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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 Médoc 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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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- 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.