Château Duhart Milon Rothschild, 4eme Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2017

  Château Duhart Milon

The 2017 Duhart Milon is produced from 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot. We are often fans of this wine, but this seems a little anodyne. Initially reserved, then notes of almond and cherry, bramble and garrigue followed by pure crisp red fruit. It is all very attractive, but it lacks thrust and you want it to deliver a bit more on the mid-palate. The tannins are quite sumptuous and have a nice velour texture; there is nothing out of place and it finishes with pure raspberry, a lick of minerality and a lovely saline touch. If it puts on some muscle during elevage, it will be a successful wine.

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 domanates 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.