1995 was a year of contrasts, with abundant rainfall from January to March followed by very fine, warm weather from April to September.
The vegetation cycle began quickly, about seven days earlier than the average. Budbreak began on 23 March for Merlot and 30 March for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Having begun early, the vegetation cycle continued at a steady pace. Flowering took place evenly five days ahead of the average. The drought observed in June continued in July with 28 days of very hot weather, the temperature climbing to a record 37° C on 20 and 25 June.
Mid-veraison was reached between 9 and 12 August depending on the variety. The condition of the vines and the state of maturity of the grapes raised hopes of a very fine vintage.
The potential of the crop remained unaffected by showers in early September and harvesting took place under very favourable conditions.
The wine is a lovely, dark garnet red, starting to shade slightly at the rim, while the nose, redolent of youth, unfolds layers of roast coffee and liquorice before developing clean aromas of stewed fruit and blackberry.
On the palate, a precise and chiselled attack gives way to close-knit, stylish tannins, still full of youth. The flavours on the palate recall the aromas of the nose and are given additional refinement by discreet notes of ripe fruit and blond tobacco. Admirably long on the palate, this beautifully balanced Clerc Milon will become even more expressive with a few more years’ ageing.
Varietal mix 1995 Vintage