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Château Duhart-Milon’s grand vin is often described as a model of the Pauillac appellation. The broker Guillaume Lawton noted as early as 1815 that “it is very robust, with a fine colour, and quite pronounced sappiness” (he describes the “sappiness” of the Médoc’s premiers crus as “something like the odour given off by finest sealing wax when it is burned”).
After a particularly hot winter with not much rain, the budburst took place in the second half of March. Growth was then slowed down by the cold weather in April. May was hot with little rain leading to early flowering which was slow and staggered due to changing weather conditions and spread out budburst. Berry setting was good followed by a dry and hot summer. During the harvest, climatic conditions were very good.
The nose closes in very rapidly. Full on the palate with a voluptuous attack that fills the mouth. Some spicy notes too. The characteristic strength and length of Duhart Milon are immediately revealed. This wine is an obvious expression of Cabernet with density and length. The finish is fleshy and expressive. Tannins are present with good ripeness. A real Pauillac…waiting to be savoured.
The rest was put in a decanter. What a smell when it is poured: fruit and leather, undergrowth and quite complex.