Château Duhart Milon Rothschild 2017 (Case 6x75cl)

Bordeaux
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En Primeur 2017 - Available for delivery Spring / Summer 2020
94 Points - Decanter

A brilliantly elegant, suave Duhart, one of the successes of the appellation for me. This is a classically structured Duhart, a wine that is not overly exuberant but that has a sense of direction and balance, and is well held together. There's a very attractive quality to the tannins, joined by dark bilberry fruits that gain weight through the palate. It doesn't quite have the dense concentration and richness of 2016, but that was an exceptional vintage. This is a wine that I look forward to following as it ages. Around 5% frost on the northwest corner, affecting the Merlot for the second wine (not tasted). But overall the vintage was so early that even though the September rains probably brought alcohol levels down a touch, they did not unduly worry as the fruit was already ripe enough. 3.75pH. 50% new oak. 38hl/ha yield.  

90-91 Points - James Suckling

Very pretty chocolate and dark-berry character with a medium to full body, soft and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Balanced and refined.

89-91 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, the 2017 Duhart-Milon is beautifully scented of crushed red and black currants, black raspberries and spice cake with suggestions of lavender, cloves and rose hip tea. The palate is medium-bodied, very soft and elegant with seamless freshness and a lingering spiciness on the finish.

89-91 Points - Neal Martin

The 2017 Duhart-Milon has a crisp, pencil lead scented bouquet, introverted at first, a little conservative with smoke and freshly rolled tobacco. It is classic Duhart-Milon really. The palate is medium-bodied with a sharp, pointed entry. This is already quite austere and saline in the mouth, just a little toughness towards the finish that should soften by the end of the élevage. There is something almost standoffish about this Pauillac, a noticeable bell pepper tang developing towards the finish that lingers after the wine has departed. Tasted twice with consistent notes.

89-92 Points - Antonio Galloni

The 2017 Duhart Milon is deep, luscious and fruity, with lovely mid-palate depth and pliancy. Soft, silky tannins wrap around a core of dark red and blackish fruit. The 2017 is a very pretty Clerc Milon with plenty to recommend it. This is really quite lovely. The blend is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot. Duhart is another impressive wine in a portfolio from Lafite that is especially strong this year.

89-91 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Château Duhart Milon is an excellent effort from this team and is one of the more forward, charming, pleasure-bent efforts out there. Leafy herbs, lead pencil, graphite, and beautiful fruit all give way to a medium-bodied, fruit forward, textured 2017 that’s going to drink nicely in its youth, yet should also age gracefully.

Producer

‘It would have been nonsense not to acquire such a great neighbouring vineyard.’ - Baron Eric de Rothschild. Set in the Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux, Château Duhart Milon (formally known as Château Duhart-Milon-Rothschild) is classified as a 4ème Cru Classé. It is owned by Domaines Barons de Rothschild who has a vast portfolio including l’Évangile and Rieussec in Bordeaux and projects stretching as far as Chile, Argentina and now China. The name Duhart comes from a man who allegedly was a pirate under Louis XV’s reign and lived in the property during his retirement. The ‘pirate’s house’ can be seen on its labels today with the estate passed through 5 owners in only 25 years until 1962, which it was purchased by The Rothschilds. When they took over, the Rothschilds extended and replanted the vineyards and rebuilt the cellars and winery and now the expert Lafite team lead by wine manager Charles Chevallier and Eric de Rothschild himself have reached the highest levels of quality of wine which is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot and is matured in barrels for 18 months. Moulin de Duhart is the Château’s second wine.

Château Duhart Milon, Pauillac, France

Region

Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand. 

Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.

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