Clerc Milon, d’Armailhac, Duhart Milon and Evangile 2017

The great First Growths of Pauillac, Mouton Rothschild and Lafite Rothschild have released their sister properties on to the market. We make no apologies for our fervour for Clerc Milon and d’Armailhac. Under the watchful eye of Philippe Dhalluin the quality at these chateaux has soared, as has demand. These are now two very hot tickets. Wines made with First Growth know-how and means from great vineyards close to the Gironde – well, it was always going to be a winning formula... D’Armailhac deserves special mention in 2017 – there is a real sense of ambition and class. We were suitably impressed and rank this alongside Chateau Batailley as our best value pick from the Pauillac appellation.

The Lafite side of the Rothschild family are not to be forgotten. We adored the Evangile 2017. Now well on the road to biodynamic certification, this is one of the most successful Pomerols we tasted. It is luxuriant and polished with the poise and grace of a truly great wine. It is perhaps the most cohesive and impressive barrel sample we have tasted at this chateau for many years. We can also offer the highly sought after Duhart Milon. This Fourth Growth chateau has a long track record of producing impressive Pauillac with a stylistic nod towards Lafite.