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2019 Château Duhart-Milon, Pauillac

2019 Duhart-Milon is released with a 92-94 points from Lisa Perotti-Brown MW in The Wine Advocate.  At £620 IB, there are no headline-grabbing price discounts.  That said and in our experience, as this wine grows in stature it can also be more challenging to taste from cask.  There is no doubt that the influence of the Lafite-Rothschild team is profound and that the wine is increasingly aspiring to a serious, structured style with its blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.  A 'sleeper', perhaps?  Described by Perotti-Brown as "spritely and refreshing", it will be interesting to see how this develops and to see bottle tasting scores over the next few years.  

Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.

 

Château Duhart-Milon, Cru Classé Pauillac

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Château Duhart-Milon, Cru Classé Pauillac

Château Duhart-Milon is a Quatrième Cru Classé in Pauillac.  Named after the Pauillac village of Milon and a pirate who served Louis XV, Sir Duhart.   Sir Duhart lived in the pretty château depicted on the label, built in the 18th century, but demolished in the 1950s, and like Cerc-Milon, the estate does not have its own château.  Owned by Lafite-Rothschild since 1962, it was for a time considered a  'second wine' for Lafite.  

The 76 hectare vineyard is planted to 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot, with a terroir of gravel, sand, limestone and clay soils. The average age of the vines are 30 years old. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,500 vines per hectare.  The estate shares its technical director Eric Kohler with Lafite-Rothschild.

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