Château Clerc Milon Rothschild, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2008

  Château Clerc Milon

Château Clerc Milon Rothschild, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac

Clerc Milon 2008 is a real treasure. Situated between Mouton and Lafite on the crests of Milon and Mousset, it is little wonder that this estate, under the directorship of the Mouton wine-making team, is making sublime, sexy wines. 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Really expressive, high-toned, perfumed cherry fruit with hints of pencil shavings, cut flowers and roasted coffee beans. A lovely flavour profile of blueberries and blackcurrants are wrapped in very svelte, stylish tannins. A beautifully poised, structured wine.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Clerc Milon

Owned by the Baron Philippe de Rothschild empire, Clerc Milon has benefited from financial investment of its parent and the technological knowhow of First Growth partner Mouton Rothschild. Situated to the north east of Pauillac close to Duhart Milon and Lafite Rothschild, there are currently 40 hectares in current use with a further five hectares which will come on line in the next few years. Since 2005 the wines have been of excellent quality and the bar is continually being raised. For those who want First Growth wine-making at a fraction of the cost, you’d do well to look at Clerc Milon and d’Armailhac.

Appellation: Pauillac

The Cabernet Sauvignon domanates the appellation, in fact some might justifiably call Pauillac the most classical expression there is of Cabernet based Claret. It is sandwiched between St-Julien to the south and St-Estèphe to the north, a stone’s throw from the Gironde Estuary. The excellent drainage of the intensely gravely soils are the key to quality, producing some of the world’s most long-lived wines. The First Growths of Latour, Lafite and Mouton-Rothschild are found here, while other great Châteaux include Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, Pontet Canet, Lynch-Bages and Grand-Puy-Lacoste.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics.