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2009 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac

SKU #1120009 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Richer, purer and rounder than its sibling, Armailhac, this has good concentration of juicy fruits, with inky Pauillac power and tannic hold. But it also shows the beauty of Pauillac, as those fierce tannins begin to show their more gentlemanly side, while still providing structure. Really great quality. Drinking Window 2020-2038. (JA) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is very classic for the appellation with as much smoky and earthy character as ripe cassis. Good concentration and a stunning balance of ripe fruit, fine tannins and a long elegant finish. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine continues the upward progression of Clerc-Milon. It has weight and density while also showing sweetness and delicious acidity. A very complete wine. (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2009 Clerc-Milon has more richness and depth than the d’Armailhac: black cherries, blueberry, cedar and touches of mint. This has a lot of generosity. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, fresh and harmonious with a persistent peppery finish that lingers in the mouth. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Juicy and nicely framed with a singed bay leaf note, which allows the medium-weight core of crushed plum and mulled fig to glide along nicely through the velvety finish. This fleshes out considerably as it sits in the glass, showing more layers of dark fruit and lingering minerality. This has some power in reserve, but lovely balance as well. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Clerc Milon gives up notes of blueberry compote, blackcurrant preserves and prunes with hints of fried herbs, fertile loam and pencil lead. Medium-bodied, firm and taut with a grainy texture and seamless freshness, it has a good core of earth-laced black fruit and an understated finish. Drink through 2035. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright red-ruby. Brooding aromas and flavors of cassis, licorice, minerals and earthy dark tobacco. Juicy, spicy and tightly wound; dense and powerful but with the elegance of the year. Seriously concentrated wine with enticing sweetness currently overshadowed by a serious spine of dusty tannins. This deep, long Pauillac calls for at least six to eight years of cellaring. (ST) 91+ Inner quote mark (7/2012)

K&L Notes

*1/2+ Black fruit. A great middle, with lots of pure fruit. This wine really sings. Lush and sweet, with tons of blackberry fruit. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carmenere, 1% Petit Verdot.

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