Duhart Milon 2004

Pauillac, Fourth Growth

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Tasting Notes

As often the case with Duhart, this shows much better in bottle than out of barrel. It has superb intensity on the nose with blackberry, a touch of tobacco and roasted herbs, still taut and deserving another five or six years to open up. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, good weight and structure, masculine and rather foursquare on the finish. It is reluctant to show it true character at the moment so wait. Drink 2012-2020+ Tasted November 2008.

Score: 90

Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2012-2020 01 March 2009

Another sleeper of the vintage for this property that has been doing impressive work over recent vintages, the 2004 (a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot) displays a dark ruby/purple color along with classic aromas of cedar, creme de cassis, earth, spice, and wood. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, long, and impressively endowed, it should be at its peak between 2010-2022.

Score: 91

Robert Parker, robertparker.com Maturity: 2010-2022 01 June 2007

Aromas of sweet tobacco and currant follow through to a medium body, with angular tannins and an herbal, berry aftertaste. Slightly disappointing. Best after 2010.

Score: 87

James Suckling, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2010+ 31 March 2007

A bit broader than stablemate Carruades on the nose but not very giving. A bit stodgy. Quite inky and impenetrable. A low key, stolid vintage for Duhart rather than the dramatic success of some recent years - quite fine tannins and fruit pushed to maximum ripeness. Not especially expressive. Very well mannered, with quite a bit of acidity but just a bit dull at the moment.

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2028 19 August 2005

Bright medium ruby-red. Musky aromas of cassis, fruitcake, chocolate and smoke. Richer and more minerally than the Carruades, but more backward and restrained. There's also a slightly weedy hint of the year but this is suppler and richer in texture. Finishes with slightly dusty but polished tannins and a suggestion of medicinal cabernet.

Score: 89

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 30 November -0001