The Dancing Clowns of Chateau Clerc Milon
When we were in Thailand at the beginning of the year our host for the evening very generously gave us the opportunity to taste a bottle of 2008 Baron Phillippe de Rothschild Chateau Clerc Milon.
Chateau Clerc Milon is situated in the Pauillac appellation of the Bordeaux region in France. The estate, which was acquired by Baron Rothschild in 1970, sits next to two of the finest growths in the Medoc, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Lafite Rothschild. When the Baron purchased the estate it was in a very bad state and hardly known outside of the Pauillac area. However, the estate now has 45 hectares of vines with a vine density 10,000 per hectare which produces about 40,000 cases per year. The 2008 Chateau Clerc Milon was produced from a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
The illustration on the bottle label is a facsimile of a pair of dancing clowns made from precious gems and diamonds. The original art created by a German goldsmith can be seen in the Museum of Wine Art at Chateau Mouton Rothschild.
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