Duhart Milon 2009

Pauillac, Fourth Growth

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Tasting Notes

A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, it displays an inky/blue/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, forest floor, licorice, lead pencil, cedar and subtle barrique smells. Viscous and full-bodied, it is the most concentrated and broadest example of this cuvee I have tasted in over three decades. It will be ready to drink in 5-7 years and should last for three decades or more. Consumers looking to maximize value should be checking out Duhart Milon, as this may be the single smartest purchase in this great and historic vintage! Since few consumers other than Chinese billionaires can afford wines such as Lafite Rothschild, perhaps it is time for readers to take a look at Duhart Milon, which sells for less than Lafite’s second wine. The Rothschilds have invested heavily in resurrecting this property to near super-star status, and the 2009 appears to be the finest Duhart I have ever tasted.

Score: 97

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2017-2047 01 March 2012

2009 may turn out to be among the greatest vintages ever in the Medoc. The 2009 appears to be the finest Duhart Milon yet made. The Rothschild family has invested heavily in this estate over the last 20 years in order to upgrade the quality, and their investments have certainly paid off handsomely. A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, the 2009's opaque purple color is followed by an extraordinary perfume of creme de cassis, violets, graphite, and subtle wood. This full-bodied, intense, voluptuously textured, pure, seductive wine seems more open-knit and opulent than the more structured Carruades de Lafite. Nevertheless, the Duhart requires 3-5 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 30+ years. Bravo! (Tasted once.)

Score: 94 - 96

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2013-43 01 April 2010

This is superb, with so much beautiful subtle fruit and wonderful flowers. Full and very lively, with super fine tannins and a lively finish. Very exciting. Best ever from here. Try in 2018.

Score: 95

James Suckling, - Maturity: 2018+ 15 February 2012

Intense aromas of currant and blackberry, with hints of toasted oak and flowers. Full-bodied, with thick and powerful tannins that are polished and racy. A persistent young wine.

Score: 91 - 94

James Suckling, Wine Spectator 01 April 2010

Owned by Lafite Rothschild, Duhart Milon has produced some impressive wines in recent years and is usually good value, elegant Pauillac much in the style of Lafite. Certainly it will be cheaper than stablemate Carruades! 63CS 37M. 60% production. Quite closed on the nose, blackberry and cassis. Clean mulberry fruit and a hint of pencil. Vanilla spice with a soft cappuccino finish. Gentle feel despite good solid structure and a toasty finish.

Score: 90 - 93

Albany Vintners, - 01 April 2010

Fine purple red, briary black fruits on the nose, really good but rather restrained on the palate, firm and complex, a classic Pauillac, beautifully structured with purity and length. Drink 2016-30. (18 points)

Score: 18

Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2016-2030 01 April 2010

63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot. Dark crimson. Scented and satiny with lots of lush mulberry fruit in the middle. Not at all flashy. Low key. Very dry, Cabernet finish. Polished again and sleek. Fine tannins. Not for the very long term but very beautifully made in a polished Cabernet way. Bone dry finish. More solid than Carruades. Light and lively on the finish. Sprightly - fully fledged status now. Not an also ran - though there is just a little astringency on the finish.

Score: 17 - 18

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2029 01 April 2010

Tasted at Lafite-Rothschild. Picked between 23rd and 30th September and 1st to 8th October, the Duhart is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot. It has that typically obdurate, almost sulky bouquet, dark berried fruit, cold stones, a touch of black olive and oyster shell. The palate is much more approachable than previous vintages, very fine tannins, a little purer than previous vintages, very harmonious and subtle with an almost feminine (for Duhart) finish. A classic Duhart fashioned in a more modern, pleasing style without losing its gravitas. Tasted March 2010.

Score: 91 - 93

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com 30 March 2010