Château Clerc Milon

A legendary terroir, prestigious neighbours, a providential encounter

Château Clerc Milon is a classified growth in Pauillac belonging to the branch of the Rothschild family that owns Château Mouton Rothschild.

Its 41-hectare vineyard in a single block adjoins two First Growths and is concentrated on the fine Mousset crest overlooking the Gironde.   The maritime influence of the estuary moderates temperature variations while the crest provides natural drainage and favours exposure of the plots to the sun. The soil is made up of deep sandy gravel over a clay-limestone subsoil which outcrops in the eastern part of the estate. The proximity of the Gironde, combined with the relief of the vineyard, creates a unique topography and microclimate.

The vineyard, much of it planted at the beginning of the 20th century, offers a unique genetic heritage and a reserve for biodiversity. It brings together five grape varieties typical of the region: Cabernet Sauvignon (51.5%), Merlot (37%), Cabernet Franc (8%), Petit Verdot (2%) and Carménère (1.5%), including one plot planted in 1947.

It takes its name from its historic owners, the Clerc family, who acquired it in 1789. In 1850, the Clercs decided to add the name of the neighbouring Pauillac hamlet, Milon, and the château took on its current name. A few years later, it was naturally included in the 1855 Classification of Médoc and Sauternes Grands Crus, proof of the reputation it had already garnered. The estate changed hands several times over the years.

The renaissance of Château Clerc Milon began in 1970, when Baron Philippe de Rothschild bought the estate.

Today, the 3rd generation, in the form of Camille and Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, and Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild, uphold Baron Philippe’s values and expertise and continue to develop Château Clerc Milon with the same dynamism and determined modernity. Through continuous work over more than 50 years, and a dedicated team equipped with state-of-the-art technical facilities, Château Clerc Milon is more than ever a benchmark for Médoc excellence. 

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