James Suckling 93
Perfumed aromas of blackberries and cherries with hints of flowers. Full body, round and linear tannins and resounding freshness and brightness. Polished and fine tannins. Hard not to drink now. Beauty. Second wine of Clerc Milon. Drink or hold.
Wine Advocate 90
Composed of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Pastourelle de Clerc Milon is a second wine of Clerc Milon, representing an earlier drinking style designed specifically for the on-trade. It is usually released a bit later (after two to three years aging) by the Chateau in order to be consumed upon release. Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Pastourelle de Clerc Milon features an open-knit, earthy/meaty nose of damp soil, smoked meats and new leather with a core of warm red currants and blackberries plus a touch of garrigue. Medium-bodied, it reveals plenty of savory layers with a chewy frame and lively lift to the finish.
The grapes were magnificent and fermentation took place quickly. The wines immediately showed plenty of colour and a complete array of very intense aromas ranging from red and black fruit to spice and incense. The tannins are generally very well-rounded, dense and seamlessly smooth. After blending, the wines still have the same aromatic intensity and complex, full-bodied structures which barrel-maturing should further enhance. ~winery notes
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