It is no longer an insider's secret that the investments made by the Rothschild family (of Lafite) in Duhart Milon are paying big dividends. A shrewd Pauillac lover's delight, it possesses exceptional quality, yet the price remains fair. This blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, only 50% made it into the final blend, displays some of Lafite's classic notes of lead pencil shavings, cedar, and black currants along with more earthy, roasted herb, and spice box characteristics. Rich, full-bodied, dense, and already approachable, it should evolve easily for two decades. Good value.
Not surprisingly, this estate’s owner, the Rothschild family (who also owns Lafite-Rothschild), has been making significant investments in Duhart’s winemaking facilities and vineyards. These investments helped create a blockbuster 2003 and 2005 as well as an outstanding 2006. Eliminating 50% of the crop produced a 1986-ish blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot exhibiting notes of creme de cassis, pain grille, black cherries, and undertones of loamy earth, herbs, and spice. Copious richness and up-front fruit (the latter a characteristic of the vintage) along with good freshness and liveliness suggest this Pauillac will be at its finest between 2012-2025.
The 2006 Château Duhart-Milon displayed a comparatively muted nose that does not really escape from the glass, despite encouragement (somewhat typical of Duhart in its first ten years). The palate is gritty and hard with plenty of graphite infusing the broody black fruit at the moment, though the finish feels rather pinched. Give this another 2-3 years and plenty of decanting. Tasted April 2016.
Tasted at Lafite Rothschild. Very closed on the nose at first, but opens up to reveal lovely ripe black cherry and iodine scents. Tight and very focused. The palate is dense, with firm, tightly wound tannins and good acidity. Blackberries, black truffle and a ferrous note. Lacks some flair on the finish: this is a masculine, conservative Duhart that will show better when paired with food. Tasted April 2007.
Really well done, with lots of licorice and fruity character. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long flavorful finish. Close to 92-94.
75% grand vin
Very dark ruby purple pretty much right out to the rim. Excellent colour depth. Quite tarry nose -– some briariness even, which is unusual in 2006. Not desperately expressive on the nose though very nice constitution on the palate. Freshness without too much inkiness - brisk like a scrub. Slightly angular finish but pretty complete up to then.
Good full medium red. Aromas of plum, smoked meat, iron and rose. Supple and broad, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of plum, smoke and meat. Seems to gain in sweetness toward the back, finishing with good breadth and length.