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Duhart Milon Rothschild 2016

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pauillac
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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. This is the smart buy from this producer as it is invariably half the price of Carruades Lafite but of higher quality.

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Duhart-Milon has an unusually opulent bouquet for a Pauillac, offering blackberry, raspberry coulis, sage and light cedar aromas. The medium-bodied palate offers fine tannins and well-judged acidity, though overall it comes across a little conservative and does not quite deliver the flair and finesse of the appellation’s top crus. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting. 2022 - 2045

Neal Martin, vinous.com, August 2020

Enticing aromas of crushed berries, blackcurrants, sweet tobacco, hot stones and licorice follow through to a full body, chewy and dusty tannins and a long, flavorful finish. A juicy and savory young 2016. Try after 2024.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019

Blended of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot, the 2016 Duhart-Milon has a deep garnet-purple color and features plums preserves, wild blueberries and cassis scents with touches of violets and underbrush with a waft of tobacco. Medium-bodied and elegant, with a backbone of finely grained tannins and oodles of freshness, it has a great core of perfumed black fruit, finishing on an earthy note. 2020-2035.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, November 2018

Streamlined and pared back to the essentials, this is an excellent Duhart that has the classic reserve of this wine but with a pure fruit quality. There is a beautiful balance between fruit and tannins, and a clear elegance, almost surprisingly soft for a wine known to be backwards when young. But the softness is deceptive because there is both concentration and richness, it's simply the 2016 sleight of hand. From a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot, to be aged in 50% new oak.

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

Tasted blind. Polished, sweet, hugely appealing. Sweet and not the most refreshing. Rather chunky.
Drink 2024 – 2034

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020

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. This is the smart buy from this producer as it is invariably half the price of Carruades Lafite but of higher quality. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot in 2016. Bright purple colour with a fresh bramble fruit nose, layered with cocoa and vanilla. Plush, smooth and ripe on the palate, cocoa powder tannins and milk chocolate flavours make this a hedonistic delight, yet the fine tannins and fresh acidity make this also a clasic and fresh wine. Lovely harmony and fine length, another impressive showing within the line-up of wines at Lafite.

Farr Vintners, April 2017

Fragrant and fresh the nose is bright the start of the palate light. Ripe fruit on the mid palate supple and fleshy with dark chocolate richness but there is freshness fragrant fruit at the back a harmonious mix of red and black fruits the finish stylish and long. 2027-43

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

Refreshingly low in alcohol, as it was last year, and as most of the wines from the Lafite stable are again 2016, this is at the lighter, more elegant end of the spectrum for Pauillac, with scented cassis and dark plum flavours, a hint of cedar wood and bright acidity. 2021-26

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017
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The 2016 Duhart-Milon-Rothschild is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot picked between 26 September and 12 October with around 13.3% alcohol, slightly higher than in 2015 that suffered a little dilution. The bouquet is tightly wound with blackberry, cigar box and sous-bois aromas that gently unfold in the glass. This is classic, conservative Duhart-Milon. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a crisp line of acidity, just a touch of black pepper enlivening the black fruit. Overall, this represents in some ways a return to the slightly more austere style of Duhart-Milon, yet there is perhaps now more approachability and certainly plenty of freshness. For me, this is a step up from the 2015 and it comes recommended. Drink 2023 - 2045.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

A firm and silky young red with a medium to full body and lovely chocolate, cedar and currant character. Flavorful finish. One of the best in a very long time.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

Dark glowing crimson. Black pepper and intensity on the nose. Bone dry and enormous energy and savour. Real elegance and some majesty. Neat and well balanced. Bravo! Very much speaks of the vintage with its freshness and intensity.
Drink 2027-2042

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017
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