1982 Clerc-Milon, Pauillac

SKU #950863 Jancis Robinson

 Very, very deep crimson. Quite youthful rim. Good core of fruit. Gentle terroir on the nose, reminiscent of minerals and lead pencils but the wine is still hard and very, very chewy.  (7/2002)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1982 Clerc-Milon is a charming, forward, ripe, fruity wine with an open-knit, lovely bouquet of ripe berry fruit, and oaky, vanillin scents. Medium to full bodied, with soft, light tannins, this wine is ready to drink. (RP)  (12/1997)


 Full red-ruby. Aromas of plum, leather, meat and tobacco, plus a dusty hint of old oak. Supple on entry, then a bit dry in the middle, with slightly spiky acidity. A fully mature wine with modest density. Somewhat dry-edged finish. (ST)  (7/2002)

Wine Spectator

 Fading a bit, but delicious. Dark ruby-garnet color. Wild raspberry and blackberry, with a hint of cedar. Medium-bodied, with medium, slightly drying tannins and a tobacco and berry finish.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal. (JS)  (11/1998)

K&L Notes

Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate: "Tasted from magnum at the Academie du Vin dinner in Bordeaux, the Clerc Milon ’82 has a fresh, cedar-scented bouquet with dusky black fruit, mint and cedar that seems rather rustic compared to other Pauillac wines from the vintage. The palate is nicely defined with supple black fruit and feels like a wine in an unforced, natural repose with cedar and sous-bois on the weighty finish. It is a charming, simple Pauillac. Tasted April 2012." (07/2012)

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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.


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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.