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2021 Château Duhart-Milon En Primeur

Released this morning at £336 per six bottles, 2021 Château Duhart-Milon impressed us when we tasted it at Château Lafite-Rothschild last month.  We arrived at Lafite having already tasted that day at Calon-Segur, Montrose and Cos d'Estournel.  After these impressive amuses-bouches, Duhart really distinguished itself, with a strong family resemblance to Lafite coming from the very fine tannic structure.  

As at many chateâux on the left bank,  Merlot was particularly hard-hit by mildew in 2021, hence many blends have an exceptionally high proprtion of Cabernet Sauvignon in them in this vintage.  The burst of fine weather at the start of October allowed the Cabernet to develop particularly fine aromas, until it was harvested on 8th October. 

Jane Anson's tasting note (below) rings true for us, describing this as a 'serious' and 'precise' which will nevertheless be thoroughly 'enjoyable' (93 points).  At just under £70 per bottle on your table (i.e. with taxes, at the prevailing rate) this is a relatively affordable way to experience a wine very much from the Lafite-Rothschild stable.  Do let us know if you would like to add some to your cellar.

Offered en primeur, landing spring 2024.

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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 2021 Château Duhart Milon 75cl £336 per case of 6 Château Duhart Milon
2021 / / 75cl
£336 per case of 6
Tasting NotesInky depth to colour, deep plum, cassis, graphite and cedar aromas, suggesting excellent concentration, but more taut on the palate than the open nose suggests, with excellent refinement, polish and linearity to the tannins (more so than we have encountered elsewhere so far). Impressive depth, but at the same time the overall impression is of a balanced, medium-bodied wine. The relationship to Lafite seems more evident than in previous years. RKL "81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot. Cask sample.------"Last time there was this much Cabernet was 2000 (but that was another vintage altogether…). Crimson hue but lighter at the rim. Pencil shavings and cassis notes. Upright and linear with a certain amount of drive but a little light in heft and structure. Could improve if it fills out in the bottle. 16+ points." (JL) May 2022------"The 2021 Duhart-Milon is a potent, brooding wine. Dark fruit, herbs, licorice and incense fill out the layers nicely. The oak still needs time to come together, but that is what élevage is for. The 2021 is a serious Duhart. Whether or not it will acquire a bit more charm remains an open question. 90-92 points." (AG) Apr 2022------"Incorporating fully 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2021 Duhart-Milon unwinds in the glass with aromas of sweet berries, cigar wrapper and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, lively and persuasively concentrated, with beautifully refined tannins and a long, penetrating finish, it's a classy, serious wine that reflects all the progress this estate has been making over the last decade. (91-93+ points). William Kelley, Wine Advocate------"Precise and finessed black fruits here right from the first moments, this is high Cabernet Sauvignon, lovely black savoury fruits that suit the slighly serious feel of Duhart. Expect precision, strict tannins, straight lines, plenty of freshness but without the rusticity that you could find in older Duharts. About 15% press wine after careful extraction and a short maceration. A little more old school Duhart than we have seen over the past few years, but thoroughly enjoyable. 1st year organic conversion, 30hl/h yields. 93 points." Jane (JA), May 2022

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