In stark contrast to the Carruades, Duhart has made a sensational wine, but it will probably be an impossible sell, unless the estate makes a concerted effort on the price… Produced from 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, this is the real deal - proper, serious Pauillac with more than a passing resemblance of Lafite! Initially brooding and introspective, aromatically reserved, but the palate is packed with pure flavours of cassis, lilac, roses, and gravelly minerality. There are such beautifully delineated flavours - strict, long and very noble, this is one for classicists. The more you work with it the more depth you discover; this grows in stature and hints at a very successful future. This could be one of the best buys from Pauillac.
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.