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WTN: 1988 Ch. Clerc Milon

by Bill Spohn » Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:58 pm

1988 Ch. Clerc Milon – I had the opportunity to visit the sales outlet (this and the Armailhac are serviced at the Mouton chateau) and taste their wines back in the early 90s and I wonder if this wasn’t the vintage I tasted! I opened the bottle and decanted it a couple of hours before dinner (a prime rib roast) and was very pleasantly surprised when I tasted it as my expectations had been fairly modest.

I should say that I love the trio of 1988, 1989 and 1990, but the 88 is clearly the least of those although nonetheless often excellent.

It was darker than I had expected, and the nose was plummy dark fruit and spice with a significant cedar/lead pencil component. In the mouth, the depth and weight surprised me a bit and the tannins although resolved, were still present and in proportion.

Nice long finish and the whole experience made me want to check the label again to make sure I wasn’t tasting a much bigger wine. Sometimes we just get lucky! Now I just need a couple of people, one with an 88 Armailhac and one with a Mouton of the same year to show up so we can do a comparative tasting! Either that or a 1988,1989 and 1990 vertical tasting.....
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Re: WTN: 1988 Ch. Clerc Milon

by David M. Bueker » Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:45 pm

Sounds lovely. Only ‘88 in my cellar is Montrose. I last had it five years ago, and it was still quite tannic.
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Re: WTN: 1988 Ch. Clerc Milon

by Bill Spohn » Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:01 pm

I bet there is no rush on the Montrose - love their wines.
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Re: WTN: 1988 Ch. Clerc Milon

by David M. Bueker » Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:19 pm

Yup. Every time I see it I just push it further back in the racks.
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Re: WTN: 1988 Ch. Clerc Milon

by Bill Spohn » Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:34 pm

I have been planning to do a comparison of the two best vintages of Montrose I own, the 1970 and 1990 as I judged the former to be the better wine early on. Problem is whether waiting too long is unfair to the 1970. I suppose I'd better think about getting around to it.

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