From a great old looking bottle with a mid shoulder fill. Cork is fully saturated and the crud under the capsule had formed a strong seal. Slow-ox’d for a few hours, then decanted for an hour or two before taken to L’Escargot in Carmel. Amber tawny rims with a reddish tawny core. Crazy nose right from the start. Notes of sweet black cherries, tobacco leaf, plums, black pepper, ash and crusty wood, pencil shavings, some just unwrapped cigar and some menthol. Silky in the mouth with firm structure and soft but present acidity. Long and memorable finish. Outstanding performance over several hours. — 9 days ago
I guess I'm comparing age versus pedigree here within the Clerc Milon family.
It opened wrapped up in a knot. Off putting initial aromas. Deep dark just like it's rich younger sibling. Just beginning to brown at the rim. 30 min in it's starting to relax...
Soil. Licorice and something savory on the nose-- almost like a chicken stock. Alcohol infused chocolate on the palate with more earthiness. After 2 hours, I believe there may be more room to open or maybe it's wishful thinking because it all ends rather muddy and bitter..
In the end, I believe this wine is past peak. Probably by a couple or 3 years. It's still interesting and would pair ok with big red meats, but don't count on it too much longer. It's not a stand up 2010.
90 points — 24 days ago
Delicious!! Purchase again. Great complexity of flavors without being overwhelming. Dark fruit with splashes of cherry. Smooth. Would pair well with most savory dishes or alone/with cheeses. Great balance. — 20 days ago
Wonderful classic example of French champagne. Nice toasty brioche, elegant fruit. Crisp and delightful on a hot summer’s day. — a month ago
美味しかった — a day ago
Nice body. Fruity. Less tanins Good wine to drink. Natires basket during lockown. Cab + syrah. Good blend. Little plummy. Took 4 to goa. After 3 bottles found it a bit heavy on the pallete. It needs a fair amount of decanting for it to open up. — 25 days ago
Great blend but I like the Aruma best! — 18 days ago
Light and Refreshing — 23 days ago
Very smooth and enjoyable — a month ago
Very light rose but has a nice full flavor. Not bitter or sour like less expensive rosés can be. Highly recommend for a good every day wine. — a month ago