A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, it displays an inky/blue/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, forest floor, licorice, lead pencil, cedar and subtle barrique smells. Viscous and full-bodied, it is the most concentrated and broadest example of this cuvee I have tasted in over three decades. It will be ready to drink in 5-7 years and should last for three decades or more. Consumers looking to maximize value should be checking out Duhart Milon, as this may be the single smartest purchase in this great and historic vintage!
Since few consumers other than Chinese billionaires can afford wines such as Lafite Rothschild, perhaps it is time for readers to take a look at Duhart Milon, which sells for less than Lafite's second wine. The Rothschilds have invested heavily in resurrecting this property to near super-star status, and the 2009 appears to be the finest Duhart I have ever tasted.
|Score: 97||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012|
Talk about value, the 2009 Duhart-Milon is straight up sensational stuff. Made from 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, it gives up classic notes of blackcurrants, pencil shavings, saddle leather and smoked herbs. Full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with fine tannin, impeccable balance and a great, great finish, it’s a heavenly bottle of wine that will compete with the best out there. Buy this wine!
|Score: 97||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, July 2017|
Dark colour. Lots of cassis fruit and some lovely exotic spice and cigar box. Magnificent fruit throughout with layers and layers of depth. Some sexy vanilla notes from the new oak. Impressive but seductive.
|Score: 18||Stephen Browett, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2013|
2009 may turn out to be among the greatest vintages ever in the Medoc. The 2009 appears to be the finest Duhart Milon yet made. The Rothschild family has invested heavily in this estate over the last 20 years in order to upgrade the quality, and their investments have certainly paid off handsomely. A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, the 2009's opaque purple color is followed by an extraordinary perfume of creme de cassis, violets, graphite, and subtle wood. This full-bodied, intense, voluptuously textured, pure, seductive wine seems more open-knit and opulent than the more structured Carruades de Lafite. Nevertheless, the Duhart requires 3-5 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 30+ years. Bravo! (Tasted once.) Drink 2013-2043.
Robert Parker added an asterisk to this wine score to signify that it is a wine he considers has the finest potential of all the offerings he has ever tasted from this estate in nearly 32 years of barrel tasting samples in Bordeaux.
|Score: 94/96||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
The 2009 Duhart-Milon is recalcitrant on the nose, refusing to give much away in terms of aromas. Loamy, peaty scents emerge with time amongst the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, fresh in the mouth with good salinity. There is something estuarine about this Pauillac that lends it personality and its grip on the finish suggesting that it will give many more years of drinking pleasure. This has long been an impressive Duhart-Milon and so it is proven here. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. 2021 - 2038
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2019|
This is superb, with so much beautiful subtle fruit and wonderful flowers. Full and very lively, with super fine tannins and a lively finish. Very exciting. Best ever from here. Try in 2018
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2012|
Tasted blind. Dark blackish crimson. Sweet nose with a hint of char. Broad and charming with everything in the right place. Already accessible.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2019|
63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot. Dark crimson. Scented and satiny with lots of lush mulberry fruit in the middle. Not at all flashy. Low key. Very dry, Cabernet finish. Polished again and sleek. Fine tannins. Not for the very long term but very beautifully made in a polished Cabernet way. Bone dry finish. More solid than Carruades. Light and lively on the finish. Sprightly - fully fledged status now. Not an also ran - though there is just a little astringency on the finish. Date tasted 1st April 2010. Drink 2017-2029.
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
This wine is produced by the team who make Lafite, and they have been on top form in recent vintages under Charles Chevalier. Duhart is usually very good value for money on initial release and most recent vintages have more than doubled in price by the time they approach drinkability. Without a doubt this is better than stablemate Carruades de Lafite, but should be cheaper. 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot - elevage in 50% new oak. This Pauillac is very much a mini-me version of Lafite itself. Gorgeous plummy fruit, generous and ripe. Really rich and creamy with a succulent and smooth mouth-feel. Beautiful polish on top of a mass of plump, ripe fruit. Tannins barely noticeable behind the glossy exterior. Lovely
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, November 2009|
Although the nose is structured there is nothing aggressive about the tannins. Ripe cassis and bramble give fleshiness on the palate and the layers of flavours ensure real complexity. The ripeness at the back gives richness but there is enough acidity to refresh and lengthen. Drink 2020-2040.
|Score: 91/96||Derek Smedley MW, April 2010|
Fine purple red, briary black fruits on the nose, really good but rather restrained on the palate, firm and complex, a classic Pauillac, beautifully structured with purity and length. Drink 2016-30.
|Score: 18||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2010|