Clerc Milon 2017 has been released at €50.40 per bottle ex-negociant, the same as the release price of the 2016 (€50.40). It is being offered by merchants for £624 per 12×75, up 4% in sterling terms on the 2015 release of £600 per case.
Critics have noted that Clerc Milon 2017 is not typical of the vintage. Antonio Galloni, who awarded a score of 88-91, commented that “The 2017 Clerc Milon is painfully backward and austere. In a vintage in which so many wines are forward and fruity, Clerc Milon is the exact opposite.” His Vinous colleague, Neal Martin, also picked up that the wine was “quite austere and conservative”. He scored it 89-91 points.
Today’s opening price is pitched slightly above the Market Price of the 2016, and is the highest ever ex-London opening price of Clerc Milon. Volumes are 10% lower than last year due to frost.
Those choosing to take up their allocations of Clerc Milon 2017 can be encouraged by the fact that this chateau has made positive returns for En Primeur buyers over the last eleven vintages, and that this Clerc Milon is the second cheapest vintage in the market. Further encouragement can found from the fact the Clerc Milon index is the best performing chateau index in the last twelve months, posting a gain of 28%. Over the same time period the market (Bordeaux 500) is up 6%.
Buyers discouraged by critical commentary on this wine could consider the slightly cheaper 2016 vintage. Not only does the wine have a higher score of 93 points, Liv-ex members also voted this as the third best value wine of that vintage.