Château Duhart Milon Rothschild, 4eme Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2003

  Château Duhart Milon

Without exception our tasting team was impressed with this 2003 – it managed to seduce us all, unlike many of the wines we tasted which had us discussing our differing notes into the small hours. Duhart was simple, though – it’s that good! The nose is delicately perfumed, not too obvious, and the palate shows great poise and distinction, with freshness of fruit that belies the vintage. There is fine complexity and balance, tannins are well defined, you could call this mini-Lafite! The blend is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon (harvested from 18th to 29th September) and 27% Merlot (which came in between 5th and 12th September).

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Duhart Milon

Under the ownership of Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Duhart Milon has become one of the most sought after wines from Bordeaux, both by its association with Chateau Lafite and in its own right as one of the biggest over-achievers from Pauillac. Produced from 76 hectares of vineyards to the west of Chateau Lafite on the Milon hillside, with plantings are 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot. Since the mid 90s, this estate has not put a foot wrong and now with the 2009 receiving a remarkable 97 points from Robert Parker, this estate is entering a new era in its history.

Appellation: Pauillac

The Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the appellation, in fact some might justifiably call Pauillac the most classical expression there is of Cabernet based Claret. It is sandwiched between St-Julien to the south and St-Estèphe to the north, a stone’s throw from the Gironde Estuary. The excellent drainage of the intensely gravely soils are the key to quality, producing some of the world’s most long-lived wines. The First Growths of Latour, Lafite and Mouton-Rothschild are found here, while other great Châteaux include Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, Pontet Canet, Lynch-Bages and Grand-Puy-Lacoste.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics.