Duhart Milon Rothschild 2017

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPauillac
ColourRed
TypeStill

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 2017 Duhart-Milon has a crisp, pencil lead scented bouquet, introverted at first, a little conservative with smoke and freshly rolled tobacco. It is classic Duhart-Milon really. The palate is medium-bodied with a sharp, pointed entry. This is already quite austere and saline in the mouth, just a little toughness towards the finish that should soften by the end of the élevage. There is something almost standoffish about this Pauillac, a noticeable bell pepper tang developing towards the finish that lingers after the wine has departed. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink 2020 - 2035.

Score: 89/91Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, the 2017 Duhart-Milon is beautifully scented of crushed red and black currants, black raspberries and spice cake with suggestions of lavender, cloves and rose hip tea. The palate is medium-bodied, very soft and elegant with seamless freshness and a lingering spiciness on the finish.

Score: 89/91Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

Very pretty chocolate and dark-berry character with a medium to full body, soft and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Balanced and refined.

Score: 90/91James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

The 2017 Duhart Milon is deep, luscious and fruity, with lovely mid-palate depth and pliancy. Soft, silky tannins wrap around a core of dark red and blackish fruit. The 2017 is a very pretty Clerc Milon with plenty to recommend it. This is really quite lovely. The blend is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot. Duhart is another impressive wine in a portfolio from Lafite that is especially strong this year.

Score: 89/92Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (236), May 2018

Deep greyish crimson. Delicately sweet ripe fruit but with the graphite savour of the vintage and all the good Cabernet. Tannins are fine-grained but the overall effect is a rather flat mid palate, not hollow but no very lively. Smooth but somehow lacking vitality on the mid palate. Persistent, still.
Drink 2025-2037

Score: 16.5Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018

The 2017 blend is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot. Very open with lots of fresh blackcurrant and ripe black cherries. The tannins are soft and supple which allows the fruit to shine through. Sweet vanilla and fresh acidity come together on a precise and pure wine that is fleshy through to a long finish of cassis and anise.

Score: 15.5+Farr Vintners, April 2018

Bramble and bilberry violets the nose is fragrant and fresh the start of the palate quite light. Rich and ripe fruited in the middle the black fruits backed by bitter chocolate the sweetness giving richness on the finish. Drink 2025 - 2037.

Score: 88/90Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018

A brilliantly elegant, suave Duhart, one of the successes of the appellation for me. This is a classically structured Duhart, a wine that is not overly exuberant but that has a sense of direction and balance, and is well held together. There's a very attractive quality to the tannins, joined by dark bilberry fruits that gain weight through the palate. It doesn't quite have the dense concentration and richness of 2016, but that was an exceptional vintage. This is a wine that I look forward to following as it ages. Around 5% frost on the northwest corner, affecting the Merlot for the second wine (not tasted). But overall the vintage was so early that even though the September rains probably brought alcohol levels down a touch, they did not unduly worry as the fruit was already ripe enough. 3.75pH. 50% new oak. 38hl/ha yield.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2038

Score: 94Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018

There is evident fruit freshness and lift on the nose but this is not backed up by the palate which seems more traditionally shaped with quite bold notes and some juiciness. Not overly complex this is a decent Duhart with smooth lines and a plumpness and immediacy on the palate which seems quite surprising in this vintage.

Score: 16.5Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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