Château Clerc Milon
Classification: Fifth Growth (5ème Cru)
Château Clerc Milon is owned by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and sits just between the First Growths Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Lafite Rothschild. The château takes its name from the small village of Milon in the north western corner of Pauillac. Clerc comes from Jean Baptiste Clark who owned the Château in the 19th century.
Centuries ago the Château was somewhat of an obscurity despite being in a prime location and having superb terroir. A half finished Château sat amongst the vines, however in 1970, the Baron Philippe de Rothschild purchased the property and began a complete renovation of the vineyards and the cellars. The Château started to show what it could become with the fabulous 1982 vintage.
Château Clerc Milon's vineyards cover 107 acres and lie on the two gravel crests of Milon and Mousset. The soils are a mixture of sand and gravel, with more clay nearer the river. The grapes planted are 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and an impressive 1% Carmenere - a rare sight in the vineyards of Bordeaux nowadays. The bottle label depicts a pair of dancing clowns made from precious stones, a facsimile of a 16th Century piece currently housed in the Museum of Wine in Art at Mouton Rothschild.
The wines of Château Clerc Milon are firm , dense and well structured due to the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon used to make them. They have nutty, fruity oak on the nose and palate with hints of cranberry and black currant. The wines are easily able to age for a decade or longer but are surprisingly accessible at much younger ages.
Owner: Baroness Philippine de Rothschild (also owns Château d'Armailhac and Mouton Rothschild)
Château Website: www.bpdr.com
Oenologist: P Dhaullin