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Tight, focused nose with dark fruit and a touch of graphite. Pretty intense, chocolatey, plummy palate. Quite stylish and polished – another very well made wine which doesn’t seem to have suffered too much from the hard vintage conditions.
A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, this 2012 exhibits good ripeness as well as a strong herbaceous streak throughout the aromas and flavors. It is a very good, medium-bodied effort, but it is not as exceptional as some of the Duharts we have seen in recent vintages (2008, 2009 and 2010). It is slightly richer than the second wine of Lafite Rothschild, Carruades.
Tasted en primeur at the château. The Duhart Milon is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot cropped between 27th September and 17th October. It has a tightly wound bouquet that demands coaxing (perhaps because of the low pressure that day.) There are broody black fruit, sous-bois and graphite, but missing a little vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with a saline note on the entry. The tannins are quite fine, though it is missing a little weight in the mid-palate and on the finish. It is an understated Duhart, one that will be more approachable that other recent vintages. Tasted April 2013.
[62CS/38M] (35h/ha, 12.7%) A marked minerality behind the ripe Cabernet; supple, fresh, fruity and flowing with a gentle tannin; ripe, juicy wine of moderate complexity, a very attractive, very ‘drinkable’ freshness, and nice light fruit and aroma length; a distinct ‘easy’ Merlot quality and a slightly richer, sweeter fruit than in the Carruades, with more aromatic length. Drink 2019-30. -M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2013
The savory tobacco and cassis notes race along, with a charcoal frame. A backdrop of kirsch fill this out, displaying a peppery hint on the lightly dusty finish. Tasted non-blind. —J.M.
Firm and pretty with fine tannins and lovely fruit. Medium-bodied, with good fruit and a medium finish.
Drink 2020-2035 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot. A little deeper than Carruades. Very light nose indeed. Quite a strong palate impact. Very firm and quite complex. Veering towards St-Estèphe austerity. Admirable restraint. Hums on the finish. I do like this. Suave.
Quality 698 | Brand 922 | Economics 697 |
Quality: Below the average quality score of its peer group for the 2012 vintage, 703 Brand: We found this wine on 13 of the world's top restaurant wine lists, including Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen Economics: Below its peer group average price of £60 for the 2012 vintage Production: Higher production than its peer group average of 151,058 bottles
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