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May 10, 2019

New Release – Clerc Milon 2018, 12×75, £732, 93-95 Pts

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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 Milon WA JS Release Price POP Movement
2018 93-95 95-96 £732 £732 52 0%
2017 93-95 92-93 £585 £600 43 3%
2016 94+ 96 £600 £700 54 17%
2015 93+ 95 £480 £750 58 56%
2014 92 94 £324 £740 62 128%
2013 87-89 90 £330 £710 89 115%
2012 92 93 £340 £680 52 100%
2011 88 93 £378 £600 46 59%
2010 93 94 £530 £790 61 49%
2009 93 94 £400 £780 60 95%
2008 90 91 £240 £820 82 242%
2007 89 n/a £250 £700 78 180%
2006 90 90 £220 £800 80 264%
2005 93 n/a £270 £850 65 215%
             

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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