2018 Château Clerc Milon Grand Cru Classé Pauillac
The 2018 Clerc Milon is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Carménère. The grapes were harvested here slightly later than at Mouton, from September 17 to October 10. The wine is beautifully crystal clear garnet red in color with violet accents. The fresh and elegant nose exudes ripe aromas of morello cherries followed by subtle notes of licorice and toast that complete a rich and complex yet light and airy bouquet. The wine is initially refined and silky, but on the palate the power of finely chiseled tannins gathers, wrapped in fresh flavors of red fruit, dark chocolate and dried flowers. The rich and harmonious flavors lead to a stylish and juicy finish with a slightly minty freshness. This has the potential to age for an incredibly long time.
Château Clerc Milon is located in the northeast of the Pauillac appellation, on the beautiful ridge Mousset overlooking the Gironde. The winery has some 41 hectares of vines planted on a gentle slope that promotes both natural drainage and exposure to sunlight, while the nearby river creates a microclimate that protects the vines from frost in spring, reducing the risk of hail and provides cooling in the summer. The soil consists of sandy gravel and clay limestone. The vineyard is planted with 5 typical varieties of the region: Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (37%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Petit Verdot (2%) and Carmenere (1%). The average age of the vines is 53 years, probably one of the highest in the Medoc. The density of the vines is high, ranging between 8,500 and 10,000 vines per hectare, depending on the plot.
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Château Clerc Milon is located in the northeast of the Pauillac appellation, on the beautiful Mousset ridge overlooking the Gironde. The winery has some 41 hectares of vines planted on a gentle slope that promotes both natural drainage and exposure to sunlight, while the nearby river creates a microclimate that protects the vines from spring frost, reduces the risk of hail and cooling in the summer. The soil consists of sandy gravel and clay-limestone. The vineyard is planted with 5 typical varieties of the region: Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (37%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Petit Verdot (2%) and Carmenere (1%). The average age of the vines is 53 years, probably one of the highest in the Medoc. The density of the vines is high, varying between 8,500 and 10,000 vines per hectare, depending on the plot.
A legendary terroir, prestigious neighbours, a providential encounter: these factors mark the history and success of Château Clerc Milon. The terroir is in Pauillac, where some of the world's best wines are made. Its illustrious neighbors are Mouton and Lafite, whose nearby vines can be seen from the Château's terrace.
Winery Clerc Milon uses environmentally friendly, integrated viticultural techniques, which limit the use of pesticides to an absolute minimum. In the vineyard itself, the careful monitoring and strict plot selection are comparable to those of Mouton Rothschild. The winery makes, among other things, the great red Château Clerc Milon wine, with considerable potential for aging. The wine has a particularly successful association with the gravelly and claystone terroirs, and with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine is powerful, tannic, fruity and harmoniously full-bodied and shows all the typical elegance of the best Pauillac wines.
Château Clerc Milon was part of Mr. Lafite's vast estates in the 18th century, and was sold in the Revolution as a "national asset". The Clerc family then acquired it and joined that of the Pauillac hamlet of Milon where it was located. In 1970, Baron Philippe de Rothschild took over Château Clerc Milon because he was very convinced of the wine's potential. The estate was only 16.5 hectares, just over half of its original size. Baron Philippe de Rothschild had a long reign (1922-1988). He was a man of culture (poet) and a man of action. He was marked by a series of important decisions, some of which would revolutionize, stamped by his constant personal dedication, spirit of independence and visionary genius within the world of wine.
In 1983, the label Château Clerc Milon was illustrated with a drawing of a pair of dancers made of precious stones. The drawing is a sumptuous work by a 17th-century goldsmith, which is also exhibited in the Museum at the neighboring winery Château Mouton Rothschild.
Over the years, the winery was expanded further and further. In 2011, among other things, with the commissioning of a 3,600 m² complex consisting of a semi-underground walking hall, a cellar, reception and tasting rooms.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Winery||Château Clerc Milon|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Drinking as of||2024|
|James Suckling rating||95|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|