Château Clerc Milon Rothschild, 5eme Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2018

  Château Clerc Milon

Philippe Dhalluin and his Mouton Rothschild team have made such strides at Clerc Milon over the last decade. The introduction of the second wine, Pastourelle has meant greater selection and the final wine feels more polished and refined. This is initially wonderfully perfumed with notes of black cherry liqueur, graphite, plums, flowers, umeboshi and dark chocolate. On the palate it is sumptuous and pure with wonderful density of fruit and plenty of glycerine. Perfumed dark cherries, menthol infused cassis, a nice mineral touch, garrigue, fine stones and a hint of cocoa nibs. This has a wonderful texture with swathes of sweet black fruit flecked with dark mineral notes. It is quite grandiose and very grown up for Clerc Milon. This feels like a new era for this 5th growth - the tannins have a new found quality; real precision, wonderfully judged with detailed nuances. It finishes with luxurious tannins coated in dark cherry fruit and minerals. Superb! 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenère.

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 dominates 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 | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot | Carmenère

A blend of classic Bordeaux grapes, all except Malbec.