A similar blend to the 2002 (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot), this wine boasts a big, deep purple color and a powerful, sweet nose of caramel, plums, licorice, espresso, scorched earth, and black fruits. Texturally mouthfilling, full-bodied, and opulent, it is intense and deep, with plenty of tannin in the finish. This could be one of the finest Clerc-Milons in recent memory if it all comes together as well as my instincts suggest it will. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
Score: 91/93, Robert Parker,
Wine Advocate (158), April 2005
Full-bodied, super-tight and rich with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. A real beauty. This is a thick and powerful blockbuster - one of my old favourites. 6500 cases made.
Score: 95/100, James Suckling,
Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004