A friend with quite a nice Bordeaux collection brought this over to pair with marinated flank steak - so it needed to be big enough to be noticed but not so big as to be center stage. This fit the bill perfectly. Earthy and austere, with dry black fruit, bits of tobacco and leather. Pretty much what you want Paulliac to be. Nothing profound - just right what it is supposed to be. Really quite a wonderful wine.
With steak, went well, a big wine, slightly austere tannins, still on the young side, probably 12-15 years to let it develop. A decant would have been smart. Much better than my last bottle and I amaze myself with my patience. Going thru our 04 and 06 while the better years rest, so drinking faster than we might, but over time, both vintages are worth owning for well chosen wines
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(Chateau Clerc-Milon Pauillac) A denser hue than the equivalent d'Armailhac, with dark fruits showing a slightly warm and spicy character. Lovely weight on the palate, a supple style, well textured with ripe, well composed and balanced tannins. There is good acidity behind it too. This is really very good and has delicious potential for the cellar.
(Chateau Clerc-Milon Pauillac) An exotic fruit nose with real depth here, with pickling spice nuances of future complexity, overall a seductive welcome. There are lovely, svelte tannins, beautifully composed, and elegantly styled palate with a crisp acidic structure. This is a real success that will do well in the cellar.
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