|Bordeaux||2012||Duhart Milon Rothschild||BT||8||0||575.00||12||96||63.888888||89.00||89.00||Duhart Milon||0.75|
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This property has enjoyed the considerable investments from the Rothschild family and the quality of the wines over the last generation has been increasingly impressive. I’ve always written that if you can’t afford Lafite Rothschild, why not try Duhart Milon, which is not far off the quality of its much more famous neighbor. Spicy, deep ruby/purple with notes of cassis, cedar wood and spice box, the wine is soft, round, juicy, medium-bodied and ideal for drinking now and over the next 15 or so years. It is not one of their finest efforts, but it is certainly well-made, supple-textured and seductive. Drink: 2015-2030.
A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, this 2012 exhibits good ripeness as well as a strong herbaceous streak throughout the aromas and flavors. It is a very good, medium-bodied effort, but it is not as exceptional as some of the Duharts we have seen in recent vintages (2008, 2009 and 2010). It is slightly richer than the second wine of Lafite Rothschild, Carruades.
Tasted en primeur at the château. The Duhart Milon is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot cropped between 27th September and 17th October. It has a tightly wound bouquet that demands coaxing (perhaps because of the low pressure that day.) There are broody black fruit, sous-bois and graphite, but missing a little vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with a saline note on the entry. The tannins are quite fine, though it is missing a little weight in the mid-palate and on the finish. It is an understated Duhart, one that will be more approachable that other recent vintages. Tasted April 2013.
A deep, generous wine, the 2012 Duhart-Milon offers lovely depth and resonance throughout. Black fruit, graphite, smoke and licorice are some of the signatures. The 2012 is a bit rustic and rough around the edges, but it has enough depth to drink well for another decade plus. Drink 2017-2032.
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot. A little deeper than Carruades. Very light nose indeed. Quite a strong palate impact. Very firm and quite complex. Veering towards St-Estèphe austerity. Admirable restraint. Hums on the finish. I do like this. Suave.
This Pauillac is produced by the team who make Lafite, and they have been on top form in recent vintages under Charles Chevalier. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot - elevage in 50% new oak. It is made very much in the style of Lafite itself and is better than Carruades de Lafite and certainly better value. The higher percentage of Merlot used in 2012 has resulted in a smooth, round and nicely plump Duhart Milon this year. The silky structure and ripe tannins suggest that this harmonious Pauillac will be ready to drink at an early eage.
The fruit on the nose is quite sweet and there is some rich black cherry on the palate. The fleshy mid palate is underpinned by fresher flavours a mix of bramble and cassis and although the back palate is firm slightly closed at the moment there is a lot of sweet fruit on the finish. 2018-35.
Denser in colour than its stable mate Lafite, but with less new oak, this is another success
for Charles Chevalier and his team in 2012. Fresh and attractive with sweet oak, good
balance, medium weight tannins and textured graphite and blackberry fruit. The acidity is
particularly well handled here.