The encepagement in 2011 is 75% and 25% Merlot and this is quite a lot more impressive (than the Carruades). At first brooding and deeply mineral with aromas of crushed rocks, spice, earth, leather, blackcurrants and purple fruit. There's lots of texture here with a grippy black fruit core. Tremendous suave fruit notes dominate the finish; this is refined, elegant Pauillac with plenty of aging potential.
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.