Moulin de Duhart

Pauillac

Château Duhart-Milon’s second wine is selected on the same basis as the “Grand Vin”. In general, the grapes are from the younger plots in the vineyard. Moulin de Duhart has several characteristics similar to the grand vin, but with less potential for ageing as its barrel ageing period is shorter. It should be consumed younger than its more robust counterpart. The origin of the name comes from the former presence of a windmill on the Carruades plateau, next to the Duhart-Milon vineyard.

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Moulin de Duhart Pauillac

Vintages

  • Vintage 2011

    • 69% Merlot
    • 31% Cabernet Sauvignon

    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 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)

    Floral nose, typically Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Notes of ripe black fruit. The palate is well-defined with good density.Fresh, full-bodied finish.

  • Vintage 2010

    • 51% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 49% 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)

    Bouquet of red fruit. A supple wine with plump, silky tannins.

  • Vintage 2009

    • 52% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 48% 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 is certain to be outstanding.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Pleasant red fruit flavours on the palate. The full-bodiedness of the Merlot balances the characteristically serious, slightly severe structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Excellent finish with expressive tannins.

     

  • Vintage 2008

    • 57% Merlot
    • 43% Cabernet Sauvignon

    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)

    The red fruit Merlot nose is very present.The mouth opens up rapidly, with excellent body, the wine then becomes more closed, finishing with a beautiful structure that will require three or four years to fully develop.

  • Vintage 2007

    • 57% Merlot
    • 43% Cabernet Sauvignon

    Plentiful rain during the winter replenished the groundwater levels and the end of the cold damp winter was marked by a very early bud break. The 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 well in calm conditions. Complete ripening for the sugar
    tannins and skins was only achieved 125 days after flowering – a longer than usual growth season in a year with 13 lunar cycles.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Very good aromatic expression, revealing Merlot characteristics, that shows the wine is opening up. Good structure on the palate, fruity and expressive, developing quickly with obvious and fairly supple tannins, making it a wine ready to drink now.

  • Vintage 2006

    • 54% Merlot
    • 46% Cabernet Sauvignon

    The climate was full of contrasts with a cold wet winter, a fine spring and a summer with alternating hot and cool periods until a stormy period in mid-September. Meticulous attention was needed to produce healthy and ripe grapes.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Beautiful garnet-red colour. On the palate the wine is supple, full-bodied and flavourful with a good structure that will enable it to fully open up over the next five years.

  • Vintage 2005

    • 93% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 7% 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)

    Lots of fruit on the nose, the wine is classic Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, still young with somewhat exotic floral notes. Fairly supple on the palate, full and well-rounded. Good finish with obvious dense and full-bodied tannins.

     

  • Vintage 2004

    • 70% Merlot
    • 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

    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. Those who had the patience to wait were rewarded.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Deep ruby colour, with slight oakiness on the nose and notes of preserved fruit. Somewhat closed on the palate and pleasantly fruity.

     

  • Vintage 2003

    • 70% Merlot
    • 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

    There was very little rain from October to September. Despite these conditions the soil remained relatively cool and the vines did not suffer from the lack of water. The vintage’s character was determined by the excessive heat. Temperatures during the first half of August were truly exceptionally (above 40°C). 

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    The bouquet expresses the grape varieties, still young, with slightly exotic floral notes. Initially the palate is fairly supple, generous and full-bodied. The finish offers very plump, moderately dense, expressive tannins. 

  • Vintage 2002

    • 75% Merlot
    • 25% Cabernet Sauvignon

     After a dry, warm winter, bud break was early but was followed by cold, wet weather during flowering, leading to some problems with flower abortion and uneven grape size. Fortunately, the rather cold July and August were followed by a superb September: dry, hot and sunny during the day, and cool with a north-east wind in the night.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Fruity, expressive nose. Good, clean, attack with some complexity but remaining balanced. Nice length without overpowering tannins.

     

  • Vintage 2001

    • 61% Merlot
    • 39% Cabernet Sauvignon

    2001’s weather was surprising in it resulted in an unusually long growing season, which pushed the harvests back to October, despite a normal flowering period.

    So we had to be particularly patient this year and carefully check the ripeness of the grapes on the sorting tables.

  • Vintage 2000

    • 60% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 40% Merlot

    Fine weather made this a very good year. A sunny harvest provided the finishing touch to an early vintage, that was well-balanced in terms of both temperature and rainfall. 

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Moulin de Duhart 2000 is in the same mould as its big brother, with a pleasant suppleness which means that is already very enjoyable to drink. It is a long, balanced wine, with subtle tannins and a fine ruby colour. Well-expressed fruit in the bouquet and on the palate.

  • Vintage 1999

    • 58% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 42% Merlot

    Rain during the harvests worried the winegrowers, and cast a cloud over a year during which their technical skill had triumphed over the threat of mildew. The bolstering of our harvesting team made a “blitz” harvest possible, which allowed us to preserve what we had worked for. 

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Moulin de Duhart 1999 has a slightly woody, fruity bouquet; the palate is supple, long and full-bodied.

  • Vintage 1998

    Optimal temperature and flowering conditions made this a fine vintage. Only light rains disturbed the harvest, fortunately causing no damage.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Moulin de Duhart 1998 is balanced and fruity, with an expressive bouquet and a particularly supple texture on the palate.