(2006 Vintage) A cold and damp winter followed by a cool and wet spring held back the vegetation cycle and affected flowering. In striking contrast, July and August were particularly hot and sunny, with considerably less rainfall than the average. Peak temperatures of 38° C caused violent storms in late July. The water shortage continued in September, encouraging the grapes to ripen evenly. The Cabernets were promising and overall the grapes achieved satisfactory sugar levels with good potential acidity. The harvest at Château Clerc Milon began on 1 October and ended on 9 October, with exceptional help from Baron Philippe de Rothschild employees, who were invited to come and swell the ranks of the regular pickers. Over 130 staff members responded to the appeal and on 9 October, 695 meals were served in the harvesters’ refectory, an all-time record ! Sorted with painstaking care, the grapes were transported from the picking baskets to the gravity-fed vats in the Clerc Milon vat room. Although yields were among the lowest of the last 40 years, draconian selection ensured high quality.
Wine Spectator(2009 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/11/2012
Robert Parker(2009 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/21/2012
Robert Parker(2006 Vintage) Rating: 91-93 - As reviewed by Robert Parker
Wine Spectator(2006 Vintage) Rating: 89-91 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 4/07
Wine Advocate(2006 Vintage) Rating: (91-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 170 on Apr-07