A Grand Cru Classé of the 1855 classification, Château Clerc Milon has 41 hectares of vines overlooking the Gironde estuary in the commune of Pauillac. With a superb terroir, thanks to the composition of the soil and exposure to sunlight, the vineyard is a close neighbour of two First Growths. Most of the vines are over 50 years old and represent a genetic treasure-house, including plantings of the historic but rare Carmenère grape.
Baron Philippe de Rothschild purchased Château Clerc Milon in 1970. Thanks to the energy of his daughter, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, and a devoted winemaking team, the estate gradually experienced a renaissance. The vineyard was entirely restructured and many technical improvements were introduced, culminating in the construction in 2007 of a new vat room and cutting-edge winemaking facilities. The various changes have borne fruit, and Château Clerc Milon has become a new benchmark for the Médoc.
Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy joined Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA as Director of Château Clerc Milon on January 1st, 2009. The newly created position was the first step in setting up a team entirely devoted to giving the Pauillac classified growth a new lease of life. Mr. Danjoy’s appointment followed ten vintages spent with Opus One in California, starting with an internship in 1999. He was promoted to the specially created position of Viticulturist in 2001, then Assistant Winemaker / Viticulturist in 2003.
Having remained very close to Pauillac and its classified growths due to the bond that unites Opus One and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy is imbued with the philosophy of excellence and innovation expressed by Baron Philippe in Mouton Rothschild. His return to the Bordeaux region reflects a genuine passion for its great wines, as well as the desire to take up an exceptional challenge in a legendary terroir.