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”). 

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Château Duhart-Milon 4th cru classé, Pauillac
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Vintages

  • 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.