Clerc Milon 2018 blew us away during en primeur, a veritable masterpiece that has scored 93-95 from The Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown declared ‘This should age incredibly’. James Suckling has awarded it 95-96 and Jeb Dunnuck 92-94. Today’s release price of £732 per case of twelve offers a superb discount to physical vintages. The 93 scoring, 2010, 2009 and 2005 trade at £790, £780 and £850 respectively, making today’s release price a super offering. From barrel to the current market price Clerc Milon has seen 82% appreciation since 2005, making it a no-brainer for any collector.

Clerc MilonWAJSReleasePricePOPMovement
201893-9595-96£732£732520%
201793-9592-93£585£600433%
201694+96£600£7005417%
201593+95£480£7505856%
20149294£324£74062128%
201387-8990£330£71089115%
20129293£340£68052100%
20118893£378£6004659%
20109394£530£7906149%
20099394£400£7806095%
20089091£240£82082242%
200789n/a£250£70078180%
20069090£220£80080264%
200593n/a£270£85065215%
       

Clerc Milon has become a favourite during en primeur. We expect insatiable demand and a sell out from Clerc Milon, which sees greater demand than even d’Armailhac. It is easy to understand why given the location of the vineyard, its terroir and vintage premium. Chateau Clerc Milon occupies a superb location overlooking the Gironde between Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild. Its vineyards are adjacent to Duhart Milon whose name it shares in recognition of the tiny hamlet that they both occupy in the north east of Pauillac. The Chateau derives its name from the Clerc family who purchased the Estate following the French Revolution in 1789 and John-Bapiste Clerc owned the vineyard in 1855 when it was classified a Fifth Growth.

Following decades of arguments over ownership and neglect of the vineyards, the property was purchased by Baron Philippe de Rothschild who stated that Clerc Milon deserves a ‘rightful place’ alongside Mouton Rothschild and d’Armailhac. Clerc Milon boasts enviable terroir, situated on the Mousset crest, its gravel soils over a bed of clay and limestone are similar to Mouton Rothschild’s as are its flavour profiles of concentrated dark fruits and exotic spice. Since 1970, the family have turned the fortunes of the property around by investing heavily in infrastructure and technology, including adopting renewable energy sources and building a cutting edge environmentally friendly barrel hall in 2011. The wine produced at Clerc Milon in 2018 stands face to face with its classified growth peers. It is one of the Estate’s finest ever vintages that will continue to develop over the next 30 years.

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