Seductively rich and supple with layers of elegant plum, cherry and currant flavors that are beautifully defined before the tannins kick in on the finish. The notes linger on and on. **#2 on the Top 100 Wines of 1989**
This particular wine is one of Mouton winemaker Philippe Dhalluin's favourites, exhibiting nicely the potential of this estate. It was served blind - another leftover from the Chinese guests as lunch who requested younger wines than this and the Mouton 1961 that had been prepared. I thought it was a 1990; it was that luscious and sweet. Very round and full - packed full of charm. 17.5/20 points. (JR)
The 1986 Clerc Milon, which was still around 22 hectares at this time, is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. I last tasted this in April 2013 when it showed well. Three years later, it has a very meaty, fully mature bouquet with attractive secondary aromas of singed leather and oxtail scents developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, a little rustic on the entry, grainy in texture, masculine with graphite, leather and dried blood. Quite a spicy Pauillac, ferrous even and showing a little dryness towards the finish, this is a commendable Clerc-Milon that is beginning to show more of its bucolic charm, but I would still take pleasure in seeing this on the dinner table. Tasted September 2016. (NM)
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