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Chateau Clerc-Milon

Appellation Pauillac Controlée

Location: Chateau Clerc-Milon is located in Pauillac, just between Chateau Mouton-Rothschild and Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.

69 acres producing 14,000 cases.

Classification:  5th Growth

Grape Varieties: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon , 25% Merlot, 10% other varieties.

Vinification and aging:   These wines receive the same treatment as their more famous neighbor and Rothschild stablemate, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.

History:  This chateau was named a fifth growth in the Medoc Classification of 1855 but always seemed to be an underachiever considering its prime location between two first growths (Mouton and Lafite).  It had prime location and soil but never realized the expectations that were placed upon it.  The estate is marked by the half-finished chateau which sits on the property.

In 1970,  the Baron Philippe de Rothschild purchased the property and began  a complete renovation of the vineyards and the cellars.  New fermentation vats were added to lenghten the maceration time.   The chateau started to show what it could become with the fabulous 1982 vintage and really came into it's own in about 1985.

Style:  The wines of Clerc Milon are firm and well structured due to the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon used to make them.  They have hints of raspberry and black currant in the nose and on the palate.  These wines are able to easily age for a decade or longer but are suprisingly accessible at much younger ages.  They are often approachable when 6 or 7 years old. 

Food: Excellent with all red meats and game.

(7-14-00) '94 High perfumey nose/good fruit . still drying tannins/ great wine needs some time.

Pauillac  33250
Phone: 05 56 59 22 22
Fax: 05 56 73 20 44