In the early 18th century, Pauillac began widespread grape cultivation at the urging of the Lafite lords. The Milon wines served as additional income for Lafite's master, and became Château Lafite's second wine. The 1855 classification recognized the quality of Duhart-Milon's soil by ranking it as the only 4th growth wine in Pauillac.
Between 1830 and 1840, the Castéja family was left an inheritance by both Mandavy and the Duhart widow (14 hectares). The family thus possessed a 40-hectare vineyard that was named Duhart-Milon. The property changed ownership many times over the years and suffered a decline in the quality of its wines.
In 1962, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired the property from the Castéja family. Since the acquisition by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), the vineyards have been totally overhauled and the chais renovated. A finishing touch to a remarkable 40 year effort to reclaim the Médoc 4th growth wine ranking for Château Duhart-Milon.
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Chateau Duhart-Milon-Rothschild is a delicate wine. The initially supple tannins gradually become more powerful. It is well-structured on the palate with good density and has a precise, fairly full-bodied finish. more
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. more
A delicate wine, the initially supple tannins gradually become more powerful. Well-structured on the palate with good density. Precise, fairly full-bodied finish. more
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. more
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.
The Vintage: Plentiful rain during the winter... more
Plentiful rain during the winter replenished the groundwater levels and the end of the cold damp winter was marked by very early budburst. 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... more
The climate was full of contrast with a cold wet winter, a fine spring and a summer combining hot and cool periods. Mid - September was then marked by a stormy episode. Careful attention was needed to produce healthy and ripe grapes.
Beautiful garnet-red color. On the palate the wine is supple,... more
The climate was full of contrast with a cold wet winter, a fine spring and a summer combining hot and cool periods. Mid - September was then marked by a stormy episode. A careful attention was needed to produce healthy and ripe grapes.
Beautiful dark garnet-red color. Discreet camphor notes on the... more
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 vine to adapt itself by reducing its leaves. The very hot weather in June and July gave way to progressively cooler weather in August and the cool nights... more
2005 was a very dry year. The drought began very early, at the end of May, allowing the vine to adapt itself by reducing its leaves. 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... more