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2020 Château Duhart-Milon En Primeur


The release of 2020 Château Duhart Milon this morning is a sure sign that big-brother Lafite Rothschild (costing 5 to 10 times the price) is on its way...

With the vineyards lying adjacent to those of Lafite, albeit with a slightly cooler terroir, Duhart has always been the more affordable way to enjoy a glass of Rothschild greatness. And whilst most critics put the 2020 up there with the best of recent vintages (James Latham for calling it "possibly the best Duhart yet"), Jeb Dunnock ("another classic, concentrated, impressive wine from this team") and James Suckling are unequivocal, both awarding up to 96 points. Unfortunately the château has only released very small volumes into the en primeur system as it is rumoured they want to keep it back for other markets. So if you would like to buy a case, and we recommend you do, order now as it will sell out fast. £340 per six bottles in bond. 

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Château Duhart-Milon, Pauillac

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Château Duhart-Milon, Pauillac

Château Duhart-Milon is a Quatrième Cru Classé in Pauillac.  Named after the Pauillac village of Milon and a pirate (yes...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 is 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.

RED 2020 2 cases Château Duhart Milon 75cl £340 per case of 6 Château Duhart Milon
2020 / 2 cases / 75cl
£340 per case of 6
Tasting Notes“72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot. Cask sample. Power and definition but elegance as well. Tight and retrained initially then opens to blackcurrant with aeration. Fruit dense on the palate, a profusion of super-fine tannins providing a velvety texture as well as freshness. Long ageing. Possibly the best Duhart yet. 13%. Drink 2028 – 2045. 17.5 points.” (JL), Apr 21------"The 2020 Duhart-Milon has a delightful, elegant bouquet, an almost equal mixture of red and black fruit laced with sous-bois, cigar box and touches of curry leaf in the background. It is a little timid at first, but it seemed to grow over the 90 minutes I observed this wine. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a slightly fleshier Duhart-Milon compared to the obdurate, tannic wines of yore. It is gentle in some ways, revealing elegant brambly red fruit mixed with cedar and mint on the finish. Fine, although I would have liked just a tad more grip and heft. 90-92 points" Neal Martin,"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 Duhart-Milon comes skipping out of the glass with vibrant notes of crushed black cherries, black raspberries and plum preserves, plus an exotic spice undercurrent of cumin seed, star anise and cardamom, with an earthy touch of black truffles. The medium-bodied palate delivers mouth-coating, juicy black fruits with a plush texture and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. The blend this year is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot, with the alcohol coming in at 13.1%. Drink 2024-2039. 91-93+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown,"Restrained and sombre at first, but carefully constructed, with a rippling muscular texture, full of firm tannins with bright acidities underneath. Like the precision and the slightly austere cool blue fruits, pencil lead and liquorice root. Elegant, precise, feels very Pauillac in its density combined with fine tannins that have life and lift on the finish. Harvest September 9 to 29. First vintage in the new cellar. Drinking Window 2028 - 2042. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"Lots of tobacco, damp earth, chocolate, and lead pencil notes define the 2020 Château Duhart-Milon. Medium to full-bodied, it has a beautifully balanced mouthfeel, loads of blue and black fruits, and ripe yet certainly present tannins. Its relatively plush, rounded style is not too dissimilar from the 2016, but it offers ample structure as well. The blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot, and it hit 13% natural alcohol. This is another classic, concentrated, impressive wine from this team. 94-96 points" points""This is so refined with beautiful currant, berry and some subtle chocolate and coffee. It’s full and very subtle with fine tannins that have a long finish. Such purity and finesse with structure. Fresh and savory. 72% cabernet sauvignon and 28% merlot. 95-96 points"

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