Château Duhart-Milon

4th cru classé, Pauillac

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”). 

Château Duhart-Milon 4th cru classé, Pauillac


  • Vintage 2017

    • 76 % Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 24 % Merlot

    After a fairly mild winter, there were two nights of severe frost in the spring, on 26 and 27 April, which inflicted major damage on Bordeaux’s vineyards. Five hectares were affected among the colder areas of Duhart-Milon’s vineyard. Conditions then became excellent, with higher than usual temperatures, and balanced, well-spaced rainfall. Flowering was early, and by mid-June the fruit had set almost two weeks earlier than usual. After some heavy rain at the end of June, temperatures remained lower than normal throughout the summer, without ever becoming cold.
    This enabled the vines’ slightly premature development to be rebalanced, and ripening took place slowly in ideal conditions until mid-September, when the harvests began. A rainy spell, from 10 to 20 September disrupted the otherwise perfect weather, causing more concern than actual damage. Over the course of a conventional 20-day fermentation and maceration period, the wines quickly confirmed their potential and fairly traditional character.


    Deep, dense colour. Nose fairly closed but suggesting substantial hidden potential. Notes of liquorice and cherry stones. Good attack on the palate, full-bodied and supple, despite the wine still being in “shock” from the recent bottling. The palate offers the same aromatic notes as the nose, filled out with fresh red fruit. Superb, elegant length. This vintage’s classic character is already apparent, even though it is only just beginning to age in the bottle.

  • Vintage 2016

    • 67% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 33% Merlot

    2016 was characterized in Bordeaux by a very uniform climate, resulting in a good quality vintage for the entire region. Bud break occurred around the normal time, although the spring was rather rainy and cold. June was particularly overcast and cool, but flowering nevertheless took place in good conditions. The summer was hot and very dry, almost too dry at the beginning of September, with ripening becoming hindered in some cases. Thanks to its rather cold, late-ripening terroir, Duhart-Milon, coped perfectly with this period of water stress, until the very welcome rain in mid-September. From this point onwards it was plain sailing, and the grapes finished ripening in optimal conditions.

    Tasting notes (at bottling):

    Beautiful dark colour with glints of violet and black. Very fine complex, delicate nose, despite the wine’s youth. The oak and toasted notes blend perfectly with the freshness, reflecting well-managed barrel-ageing. On the palate the attack is pure and delicate. Initially slightly closed, the wine gradually invades the palate, evolving with substantial volume, but never becoming aggressive. This creates a sensation of both power and lightness. The Cabernet Sauvignon develops more density towards the end of the mid-palate. The wine is very long and remains perfectly balanced throughout the finish. Should be at its peak in15 to 20 years.

  • Vintage 2015

    • 73% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 27% Merlot

    A recurring phenomenon in recent years, the beginning of the winter was mild and dry, and it was only at the end of January that beneficial colder temperatures arrived, accompanied by rain. Bud break began in early April as usual, and the vines then grew quickly, as they had ample reserves of water and the weather was mild. In June, flowering was early and uniform, which is always a promising sign.
    The influence of the Atlantic ocean and the Gironde estuary helped to reduce the effect of a somewhat hot summer with high temperatures. Water stress was high, but rain in August brought the freshness required for the grapes to change colour and then to ripen perfectly. Conditions were ideal during the harvests, enabling us to obtain optimal ripeness for each plot.

    TASTING NOTES (at bottling)

    The wine has a beautiful dark garnet colour.
    The nose is deep, with good harmony between the young woodiness characteristic of our TDD barrels and the wine’s fresh fruit. Beautiful notes of liquorice.
    On the palate, it develops quickly and is immediately very present. Consistent and balanced, it continues with tremendous length.
    Pleasant finish with notes of cherries.
    Excellent potential to improve with age.

  • Vintage 2014

    • 55% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 45% Merlot

    Significant rainfall from November to February restored groundwater reserves, which had already been substantially replenished by average or higher than average rain in 2012 and 2013.
    Temperatures remained above normal and the vines missed the hearty winter frosts; what we really wanted were about two weeks of crisp mornings with beautiful sunshine, dry cold and no wind. But you cannot control nature! Bud break was early, followed by uniform flowering during the first week of June, spurred on by a rise in temperatures.
    As always, the impact of the weather on the vineyard was our primary concern, and our teams worked throughout the year to ensure that the grapes reach maturity in perfect health. The onset of ripening occurred over two periods, first in late July and then again after 15 August, creating differences in the ripeness of the bunches on the same vine.
    Some “juggling” was therefore necessary when it came to the harvests, in order to make the best choices; the pickers and sorters were under strict orders to only keep the very best quality red grapes, suited to the production our Pauillac grand vins.


    Beautiful dark red colour.
    The nose is reserved, but already has good depth and complexity. The wood is well integrated under the characteristic notes of fresh red fruit, dominated by blackcurrants.
    On the palate, the attack is robust and dense, with the wine developing lots of volume. The fruit maintains a good presence. The overall impression is already very well balanced.
    Good length: the wine confirms its elegant, fresh style. The tannins, although still young, are silky. This wine should open up in four to five years, and reach its peak between 2020 and 2030.

  • Vintage 2013

    • 80% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 20% Merlot

    The very wet, cold winter resulted in work in the vineyard being considerably delayed; bud break was late, and flowering was three weeks later than the average for the last 50 years; the changeable weather resulted in some flower abortion and uneven grape size, and therefore in lower potential yields than usual. Then at the end of June, the weather suddenly changed, and it was if we were in the middle of the summer with no transitional period; there were however several localized storms (on 27 July and 2 August, depending on location).

    The situation became somewhat challenging from 15 September: there was rain, sun and a long wait for the grapes to fully ripen, even though they had partially caught up from the late start; things then became more delicate at the end of September, when it became clear there was a risk of “explosive” growth of botrytis! It was like a race with no time to warm up, and we had to find all the pickers we could to go as quickly as possible. Fortunately, the sorting teams were very efficient despite the difficult harvest. The usual picking sequence for the red wine grapes had to be adjusted in order to minimize the impact of the botrytis and to take into account the potential to make the first or second wine.


    After plenty of aeration, the aromatic complexity unfolds with notes of red fruits. The structure present from the attack continues through to the finish, revealing a rounded and already silky character. This wine has a superb density and an excellent potential to age.

  • Vintage 2012

    • 62% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 38% Merlot

    2012 was characterized by difficult weather conditions in the Bordeaux region.
    After a relatively mild winter, the spring was mostly wet and rainy, especially April, which brought a violent hail storm on the 24th.
    Such conditions hampered fertilization, leading to fears of reduced yields. Work in the vineyard was as vital as ever.
    June and July alternated heat and humidity. The weather became more stable from the beginning of August, enabling the healthy grapes to finish ripening in good conditions.
    Nevertheless, there was considerable variation in their degrees of ripeness and a great deal of sorting work was carried out by our teams from the end September.

    Tasting notes (at bottling) :

    There is some woodiness, but it is very refined and does not dominate. The fruit is subtle and develops after the wine has had some time to breathe.
    The powerful attack makes way for a rounded, full-bodied mid-palate before finishing on fresh, slightly spicy notes that are still a little intense.
    This wine will benefit greatly from 6/8 years in the cellar.

  • Vintage 2011

    • 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 25% Merlot

    The weather conditions were somewhat unusual this year and required all of our technical teams’ vigilance and expertise.
    Spring and summer changed places: spring was exceptionally hot and dry, resulting in an acceleration of the growth cycle, and then the summer saw less sunshine than usual in July, and a wetter than average August. Finally, just as we were getting ready to harvest, a huge hail storm in the north of Pauillac and Saint Estèphe on 1 September and obliged us to reorganize the schedules. The plots that had been affected had to be picked first; fortunately, as a result of the conditions, the grapes had ripened early, and quality was not compromised.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Intense colour with hints of purple.
    Initially characterized by woodiness, the nose then presents a beautiful expression of red fruit, tobacco and spicy notes. Elegant and fresh on the palate. Fine structure, density and length with a complex fruity finish.

  • Vintage 2010

    • 73% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 27% Merlot

    The vineyard cycle began with a cold, relatively wet winter, resulting in a slightly later bud-break than in 2009, in mid-April. Growth was then boosted by dry, sunny weather in April. May and June were characterized by alternating periods of rain and sunshine. June began with a cold spell that complicated the flowering of the Merlot, resulting in flower abortion and uneven grape size.
    Fortunately, July was very dry (less than 20 mm of rain) with relatively high temperatures, which helped the vines to catch up from the delays caused during flowering. August and September were very dry, with beautiful daytime temperatures and cool nights creating ideal conditions for the grapes to slowly reach optimal ripeness.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    A delicate wine, the initially supple tannins gradually become more powerful. Well-structured on the palate with good density. Precise, fairly full-bodied finish.

  • Vintage 2009

    • 63% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 37% Merlot

    The beginning of the growth cycle was a tricky period due to a rather warm, very wet spring. The team had to be particularly vigilant in order to protect the vines.
    Fine, stable weather returned in June and continued throughout the summer. In fact conditions became drought like, interspersed in July, August and September with welcome periods of light rain. Plenty of sunshine, with temperatures that were high without becoming scorching, and fairly cool nights enabled slow ripening that pushed the start of the harvests back to the end of September. Exceptionally favourable weather conditions, crowned by harvests in the sun, made for a vintage that was certain to be outstanding.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The nose is still somewhat subtle. On the palate, the expression develops and “gains altitude”, taking on an ethereal dimension. Length, density and structure are all present in this delicious wine. A definite success.

  • Vintage 2008

    • 73% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 27% Merlot

    The growing season was closely monitored, coming after a severe winter and some spring frost. Flowering was not very productive, constant humidity favoured disease and the summer was moderately warm. Fortunately, September was fine and so it was possible to wait for the grapes to fully ripen, with late harvests.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Expressive, heady, open nose. Notes of very ripe, very red fruit. Excellent body, after a fine complex attack. Very rounded, long finish, with a touch of spice.

  • Vintage 2007

    • 73% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 27% Merlot

    Plentiful rain during the winter replenished the groundwater levels; the end of the cold damp winter was marked by very early bud break. Temperatures in March and April were quite high, which was good for growth. From then until August the weather was grey and mild, without extremes. Luckily the weather in September was good and settled which allowed the grapes to ripen in peace. Complete ripening for the sugar, tannins and skins was only achieved 125 days after flowering – a longer than usual growing season in a year with 13 lunar cycles.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Somewhat closed on the nose. First impression on the palate is fairly round, floral and flattering, then becoming tighter and denser. Fairly long finish with a hint of bitterness.

  • Vintage 2006

    • 70% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 30% Merlot

    The climate was full of contrasts with a cold wet winter, a fine spring and a summer with alternating hot and cool periods. Mid-September brought a stormy spell. Meticulous attention was needed to obtain healthy, ripe grapes.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Beautiful dark garnet-red colour. Discreet camphor notes on the nose, toasted aromas with a nice structure. Plenty of potential for this wine.

  • Vintage 2005

    • 71% Cabernet Sauvignon 
    • 29% Merlot

    2005 was the fourth consecutive year to have a deficit in rainfall, but the drought began very early, at the end of May, which allowed the vines to adapt by reducing their leaf area. The very hot weather in June and July gave way to progressively cooler weather in August and the cool nights allowed good acidity levels to be maintained, resulting in slow, steady ripening. A year of atypical weather but in the end ideal for the production of healthy, very ripe grapes with wonderful freshness.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Attractive dense, deep colour. Fruity, tannic, ample, precise and long on the palate. 

  • Vintage 2004

    • 80% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 20% Merlot

    After a rainy winter and a cold spring, June and July were dry and warm. August was mild and in September the weather was good without being very warm, which led to slow ripening and the harvest dates being pushed back to the end of September. Patience was needed to wait for the grapes to become perfectly ripe.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Slight oakiness on the nose, with notes of preserved fruit. Delicate initial palate with good density. The finish is long and fruity with a very slightly bitter note

  • Vintage 2003

    • 73% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 27% Merlot

    The vintage owes its particular characteristics to the excessive heat the first fortnight of August, with temperatures above 40°C, combined with lower than average rainfall throughout the growth cycle.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    A fine wine with a deep ruby red colour and wonderful aromas of fresh fruit and black fruit. Excellent structure, elegance, remarkable balance with sophisticated, supple tannins leading to a long fruity finish. A great success for this rather atypical year.

  • Vintage 2002

    • 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 22% Merlot
    • 3% Cabernet Franc

    At the beginning of the year the weather conditions were “average” but improved towards the ripening period. Fortunately, the rather cold July and August were followed by a superb September: dry, hot and sunny in the day, cool with north-east wind in the evening. The Merlot was picked between 26 September and 2 October, the Cabernet Franc on 2 October and the Cabernet Sauvignon from 3 to 10 October. The weather was wonderful during the harvests.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    A powerful, fruity wine. The structure is dense with tight tannins; very elegant with good length.

  • Vintage 2001

    • 87% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 13% Merlot

    2001 had a longer growing season than usual, with flowering taking place during the normal period, but with late uneven ripening. So we had to be careful not to harvest too early. The first Merlot grapes were picked on 3 October, and the harvest continued non-stop until 12 October. 

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    A wine with fine, spicy and very ripe black fruit aromas. The mouth is well-structured with elegant tannins and good length.

  • Vintage 2000

    • 80.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 19.5% Merlot

    The weather was excellent in many respects: early blossoming, a combination of above average temperatures and normal rainfall, followed by a harvest in the sun. The result is an exceptional vintage with fine tannins, a deep ruby colour, remarkable length and balance. 

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Intense fruit on the bouquet and palate. Long, delicious finish. The elegance and power of a fine wine that will continue to improve with age for many years.

  • Vintage 1999

    • 90% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 10% Merlot

    Growth started early this year, with heightened technical surveillance required throughout the cycle. The harvests were conducted quickly at the end of September, partly in the rain. But the superb weather in August and early September had already ensured success for this vintage.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    This vintage is in the classic style, with an intense bouquet, a supple, elegant palate, and a long, complex finish. Its current severity should open up after a few years of ageing.

  • Vintage 1998

    • 77% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 23% Merlot

    A rainy harvest made us fear the worst after optimal conditions for an early start to the growth cycle, flowering and good temperatures during the summer. But ultimately the grapes were not affected by the rain, which fortunately came very late in the season. 

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    This wine is expressive and has a seductive, smooth palate. This vintage is very well structured, balanced and fruity.

  • Vintage 1997

    • 84% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 16% Merlot

    The early, sunny harvests allowed us to monitor the health of the grapes, which had been affected by a somewhat rainy summer, after an excellent spring. 

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The result is a moderately tannic vintage, with a fine, fruity palate and good structure. Pleasant, long finish.

  • Vintage 1996

    • 85% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 15% Merlot

    A year with ideal weather conditions, except for a rainy August. The harvest under sunny skies reassured us of the vintage’s quality.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    A lively, fruity wine with excellent olfactive expression. Plenty of substance on the palate, while remaining supple and balanced. This wine may be aged for a long time, and is somewhat similar to the 1986 vintage.