The Domaine Baron Rothschild wines were on top form in 2010; a really stylish, powerful range. Duhart Milon was the most muscular example we can remember tasting from this estate. There are 73 hectares under vine on the western border with Chateau Lafite. The terroir is fairly typical - fine gravel mixed with aeolian sands on tertiary limestone bedrock. More reserved (than Carruades), intense cabernet perfume, very mineral and brooding. This possesses huge levels of concentration and extract; suave cassis and small berry flavours and cherry compote. There is monumental length and a wonderful, fine structure. Creamy, grippy tannins frame the ample fruit; this oozes class and refinement. A splendid, classical, genteel, age-worthy wine. 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot.
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.
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.