|Subregion||France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pauillac|
This Pauillac is produced by the team who make Lafite, and it has been on top form in recent vintages, receiving impressive scores from the critics. The vineyard is 76 hectares in size and planted with 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot.
The 2021 Duhart-Milon, which is aged in 50% new oak, has a clean, precise bouquet of mineral-driven black fruit and touches of pencil lead and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh and focused, with sappy black fruit and fine depth. This is a typically classically styled Duhart-Milon, though it does not quite have the persistence to rank as a top-rank vintage. But it will appeal to those who appreciate old-school Pauillac.
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.
The Merlot is lower than normal here at 19%, with 81% Cabernet Sauvignon. Mid ruby colour. Fresh currant fruit and a little plum offers an elegant, classically Médocain nose. There are notes of black pepper and green peppers, together with a hint of iris. The palate shows both fruit and leaf of blackcurrant, together with pithy, quite grippy tannins. Tones of cedar and hedgerow make for a savoury, lightly herbal character. The oak adds a little exoticism, but this is largely a cool, elegant style. Fine and balanced on the finish.
This is a really pretty Duhart and fans out nicely on the palate with medium soft tannins that are polished. Gorgeous young wine. 81% cabernet sauvignon and 19% merlot.
The 2021 Duhart-Milon is medium to deep garnet-purple in color. Fresh blackberries and mulberries jump from the nose followed by notions of pencil shavings, dried lavender, sage, and crushed rocks. Light-bodied, the palate is soft and lively with just enough uncomplicated black fruits and an earth and dried herbs laced finish. The blend is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, possessing less Merlot than usual.
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.
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. (JL) 12.8%
Drink 2026 – 2036