Chateau Clerc-Milon's name is partly taken from the town Milon and partly from a former owner in the 19th Century, Jean-Baptiste Clark. The Chateau was first acquired by the family when her father, Baron Phillipe bought the rather run down estate in 1970 and is now owned by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her children.
This Fifth Growth of 1855 lies between two First Growth wines, of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Despite this superb location, many years ago, the estate found itself in obscurity, however thanks to huge investment and renovation from the Rothschild family, Chateau Clerc-Milon began to live up to its potential with an excellent 1982 vintage.
Clerc-Milon's 43 hectares are a mixture of gravel and sand, with clay in some parts. The vines are have a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (46%), giving a good structure and firmness to the wine. There is also 39% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and also 1% Carmenere, which is rarely seen nowadays. Chateau Clerc Milon's wines generally have a nutty, fruity oak nose and tend to age well for over a decade although they can be drunk sooner.