Bordeaux

2020 Duhart Milon

$744.00
3 x 750ml
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Restrained and sombre at first, but carefully constructed, with a rippling muscular texture, full of firm tannins with bright acidities underneath. Like the precision and the slightly austere cool blue fruits, pencil lead and liquorice root. Elegant, precise, feels very Pauillac in its density combined with fine tannins that have life and lift on the finish. Harvest September 9 to 29. First vintage in the new cellar. Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
95 POINTS
Jane Anson - Decanter Magazine

Restrained and sombre at first, but carefully constructed, with a rippling muscular texture, full of firm tannins with bright acidities underneath. Like the precision and the slightly austere cool blue fruits, pencil lead and liquorice root. Elegant, precise, feels very Pauillac in its density combined with fine tannins that have life and lift on the finish. Harvest September 9 to 29. First vintage in the new cellar.

Expert Review
95 POINTS
James Suckling

This is so refined with beautiful currant, berry and some subtle chocolate and coffee. It’s full and very subtle with fine tannins that have a long finish. Such purity and finesse with structure. Fresh and savory. 72% cabernet sauvignon and 28% merlot.

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94 POINTS
Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast

This ripe wine has some serious tannins and rich black fruits. Behind the structure, a swath of black fruits gives the wine concentration and ripeness. Drink this textured wine from 2027.

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94 POINTS
James Suckling

A firm and racy Duhart with currants, chocolate and walnuts. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely subtle fruit. A bright finish. Succulent and refined. Savory. Very, very fine. 72% cabernet sauvignon and 28% merlot. Drink or hold.

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93 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2020 Duhart-Milon, the maiden vintage crafted in the new cellar, has a glorious, unashamedly seductive bouquet with pure blackberry, pressed violet and light vanilla pod aromas that are beautifully defined. You know, this could dupe you into thinking it came from the Right Bank! The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins and here we revert back to the Left Bank thanks to its prominent graphite seam. Finely balanced, quite silky smooth towards the finish, this is an excellent Pauillac that punches above my expectations in barrel.

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93 POINTS
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

The 2020 Duhart-Milon is a powerful wine, with Cabernet Sauvignon driving the blends with tons of savory and earthy character. Dark cherry, dried herbs, scorched earth, tobacco, licorice and menthol are all laced together. This virile, somber Pauillac needs time in bottle to blossom. I won't be surprised if it is even better in another few years' time. This opens beautifully with time.

Expert Review
92 POINTS
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW - Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 Duhart-Milon comes skipping out of the glass with vibrant notes of crushed black cherries, black raspberries and plum preserves, plus an exotic spice undercurrent of cumin seed, star anise and cardamom, with an earthy touch of black truffles. The medium-bodied palate delivers mouth-coating, juicy black fruits with a plush texture and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. The blend this year is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot, with the alcohol coming in at 13.1%.

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Winemakers Note

https://youtu.be/c_zmBetJxeI https://youtu.be/Ka2UYpOsUko ‘ It would have been nonsense not to acquire such a great neighbouring vineyard .’ Baron Eric de Rothschild Château Duhart-Milon just next to Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Duhart Milon was acquired by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in 1962. Legend has it that "Sieur Duhart" was a privateer under Louis XV who retired to Pauillac, and it was his house in Pauillac's port that inspired the label for Duhart Milon's wines. From the early 18th century, Milon's wines provided the Lord of Lafite with additional income, and became one of Château Lafite's "second wines", suggesting that the quality of the terroir was already recognized. The 1855 classification elevated Duhart Milon's status by making it the only fourth growth wine in the commune of Pauillac. The 76 hectare vineyard in the Pauillac appellation is divided between Cabernet Sauvignon (67%) and Merlot (33%). It lies to the west of Château Lafite Rothschild, on the hillsides of Milon, which extend from Lafite's Carruades plateau. The average age of the vines is 30 years. The 2020 : "In Duhart-Milon too, in its drier gravels in the north-east of the appellation, the rainfall in mid-August was miraculous : it gave us the capacity to calmly wait for perfect ripeness. The whole vineyard, and even our young vines, remained beautiful and active right till the end. With that perfect ”good stress“. In the Pauillac cellars, the summer was spent in construction to make sure that the site was finished in time for the arrival of the harvest . The daptism of fire, collecting the grapes in crates , took place on the Caillou slot of young Merlots on 12 September. In the vat room, the teams were ready to receive the harvest and inaugurate the gravity flow reception . We weld our breath as the first berries fell into the tanks, round and intact like marbles. Everything worked well (a minor breakdown of the lift caused more fear than harm!). Alexandre’s team quickly found its feet, and each slot now has its own tank, and even the possibility of further subdividing zones in the quest for even higher qualities. For the blending, we found twice the usual number of glasses on the table and a nice surprise in terms of quality... and quantity. The Duhart vineyard p erformed very well this year, with a yield of 36 hectolitres per hectare. In t his year of uneven yields, we seem to have reaped the rewards o four work to restructure the vineyard, which began in 2016."

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International Marketplace Product: Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: June 30th, 2024


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