Château Clerc Milon 2005 should be a fairly classic example of red Bordeaux wine. This Pauillac property, ranked as a Fifth Growth in the 1855 Classification, languished in obscurity until becoming part of the Baron Philippe de Rothschild stable in 1970. It now has a strong reputation for often portrayed as a lighter sibling of Mouton.

This 12 year-old from a great vintage is, on paper, a solid buying proposition, ready to drink but with another 8 or more years of life in it.  the 2005 Clerc Milon is generally rated as the best example for many vintages, and is a blend of 48 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 percent Merlot and 12 percent Cabernet Franc

 Tasted at Wine-Searcher last Friday, the wine showed cedar, floral, minty and medicinal aromas with dark fruit notes in the background. It was juicy and open with more, generous, black fruit and a touch of spice; acidity and tannin were nicely balanced. There was a fleeting sensation of hollowness, but then a long creamy finish with an appealing stripe of extract across the tongue.

The wine delivered well on its promise on paper both in terms of quality and typicity as a ready-to-drink Pauillac. [92]

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