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Château Clerc-Milon 2010
5th Grand Cru Classé in 1855
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The Château Clerc Milon is one of the most sublime wines of the Pauillac appellation. The lands of Domaine were included in those of the seigneury of Lafite as early as the 18th century. In the aftermath of the French Revolution, Château Milon, in reference to the hamlet of Pauillac where it stood, was sold as national property and acquired by the Clerc family, who thus associated their name with it.
The Château Clerc Milon will obtain the title of Fifth Grand Cru Classé during the famous classification of 1855 for the World Fair in Paris.
In 1970, it enters under a new banner by being bought by Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Today, it is his 3 grandchildren who manage it, revealing year after year all the potential of its exceptional terroir thanks to state-of-the-art technical facilities and great know-how.
Located on sandy gravel and clay-limestone soils, its vineyard occupies 41 hectares of vines, of which 53.5% are Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1.5% Carmenère. The wines are aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% of which are new.
The property produces a Second wine, Pastourelle de Clerc Milon.
The wines of Château Clerc Milon are precise, complex, and finely structured, in which the brilliance of the fruit is expressed.
Critics Château Clerc-Milon 2010.
Description Château Clerc-Milon 2010.
The 2010 vintage is a very nice year in Bordeaux, dry, very sunny and without scorching temperatures during the summer period. The end of August and the month of September were marked by alternating hot days and cool nights, conducive to a good ripening of the grapes. All these conditions made it a remarkable vintage.
Blend of the 2010 vintage: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenère.
The color is a very pronounced dark red, with elegant orange reflections.
The nose is intense and complex, true to a great Pauillac evolved with notes of black fruits such as black currants and blackberries, wild berries and peppery spices. Then come hints of cigar box, clove and vanillin.
The attack in mouth is frank, the wine evolves on a lot of density, power and balance thanks to finely structured tannins. It ends on a long and acidic finish, with a nice freshness and toasted flavors.
Food and wine pairing:
Château Clerc Milon 2010 will go very well with beef en croûte, spider pork a la plancha, duck breast with pepper sauce and all types of small game, whether feathered (woodcock, pheasant) or furry (hare, wild rabbit).
It is a perfect accompaniment to uncooked pressed cheeses, cantal, gouda or saint-nectaire.
Ageing potential and tasting:
Château Clerc Milon 2010 can very well wait another 5 to 10 years to reveal its full potential, from 2027 to 2030. However, it can be appreciated today, by opening and decanting the bottle at least 4 to 5 hours before tasting, at room temperature.
To follow its evolution in time, do not hesitate to proceed to successive tastings to measure the evolution of the wine and its qualitative peak.
The bottles will be kept in the cellar protected from light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70 %.