Monday, January 23, 2012

Chateau Clerc Milon

Country: France

Region: Bordeaux

Sub-region: Pauillac

Classification: Fifth Growth, Grand Cru

Production: Varied based on the single vineyard

Grape: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere (2%)

Crate design: Clerc Milon has a simple but unique picture of two Renaissance characters dancing. It's not an especially high detail design, but it frequently catches your eye.

Rarity: Uncommon. The Clerc Milon winery doesn't have an especially large production, so there aren't that many crates available per vintage.

Crate designation: Exclusive Class ($50.00)

Our opinion/history: There has been a great deal of issues that Clerc Milon faced since the beginning of the 19th century. The label was originally created by Jean-Baptiste Clerc; the owner of the land and winery. During this time, Chateau Clerc Milon was placed under the 1855 Classification as a Fifth Growth winery. After that, everything seemed to go down hill..

The winery is a bit of a mystery, as it's been broken up from it's original size, the pieces sold off, and a variety of estate owners purchased plots of what was originally Chateau Clerc Milon. during the entire 20th century, it's not clear exactly what land pieces were originally Clerc Milon lands and which weren't.

Currently, the Chateau Clerc Milon label is owned by the Rothschilds, and they have been able to regain some of the greatness which was once the Clerc Milon label. The mysterious allure of the winery however still remains.

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