Located next to Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Duhart-Milon was acquired by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in 1962. According to oral tradition, “Sieur Duhart” was the name of a corsair under Louis XV who settled in Pauillac when he retired. The corsair’s house in the port of Pauillac inspired the label for Duhart-Milon wines. Since the early 18th century, Duhart-Milon wines served as additional income for the “Lord of Lafite“ and were classified as Château Lafite’s “second wine“, confirming the high quality of the terroir. The 1855 classification elevated Duhart-Milon to Grand Cru Classé status in the commune of Pauillac. It is classified as a 4th Growth.
The 75-hectare vineyard in the Pauillac appellation is planted with 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot.
It stretches out over the west side of Château Lafite Rothschild on the Milon hillside, which runs along the Carruades de Lafite plateau.
The 2019 Duhart-Milon is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, harvested from the 19th of September to the 4th of October. Deep garnet-purple in color, it springs from the glass with vivacious notes of plums preserves, black raspberries and blackcurrant pastilles with suggestions of menthol, dark chocolate, pencil lead and woodsmoke plus a touch of garrigue. Medium-bodied, the palate is spritely and refreshing, with bags of juicy, mint-laced black fruits and an approachable, plush texture, finishing long and lively. 92-94 Lisa Perotti-Brown
The 2019 Duhart-Milon is terrific. The benefits of a cool site in a warm year are evident. Duhart does a very nice job of balancing those contrasting elements with its blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. Grilled herbs, menthol, licorice and dried herbs all grace this super-expressive, mid-weight Pauillac. Duhart is a bit unyielding today, but that should not be an issue in another few years' time. This is very nicely done.
Technical Director Eric Kohler describes 2019 as an easier vintage than 2018, a year that saw quite a bit of disease pressure and extremes of temperature. Kohler added that while 2019 was hot, it was consistently hot, and therefore the vines adapted to the conditions as opposed to being shocked by sudden changes. Yields were a very classic 36-40 hectoliters per hectare, depending on the property. Cuvaison was about three weeks, with gentle extractions. As always one of the signatures at Lafite is the use of a portion of press lots in the final blends. 91-93 Galloni
The 2019 Duhart-Milon was picked from 18 September to 4 October and raised in 50% new oak. Of course, this comes from one of the coldest terroirs in Pauillac due to the orientation of the vineyard and less proportion of clay, which has become an advantage in warmer growing seasons such as this. The 70% Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the aromatics with dense black fruit, pencil shavings and tobacco aromas, traces of dark chocolate in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with spicy black fruits on the entry. This is quintessential Duhart: a bit broody, conservative in a non-pejorative use of the word, harmonious and quite sturdy towards the finish. I like this. Whilst it has no intention of being the most flamboyant Pauillac on the gravel terrace, it is imbued with nobility. 93-95 Neal Martin
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot
AREA UNDER VINE 75 hectares
TOTAL PRODUCTION 230,000 bottles
SOIL Fine gravel mixed with aeolian sand on a limestone subsoil from the Tertiary period
GRAPE VARIETIES 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot
AGEING 14 months - New barrels: 50%
SECOND WINE Moulin de Duhart