2018 Duhart-Milon (Pauillac)

65% Cabernet Sauvignon/35% Merlot. Yield 38 hl/ha. Harvest dates 17-25 September.
Pauillac, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
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Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
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95 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019 17.5 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
93-95 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
88-90 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
93-95 points, Chris Kissack
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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

A wine that is often austere during En Primeur but is here showing its seductive side with a generous texture lending a wonderful richness through the palate giving it the feel of a 2009, although clearly loaded with tannins, but of a softer style than 2010 or 2016. It has a juiciness rippling with bramble fruit on the attack, then the herb, slate and liquorice root come in through the mid-palate adding complexity and gravitas. Harvest took place between 17 September and 4 October. 73IPT. Drink 2026 - 2040. 95 points

Julia Harding

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot. Black core with barely a rim. So wonderfully scented, like the Clerc Milon. Blackcurrant tea, pure cassis, almost floral, but so pretty. Firm and dry but super-refined on the palate, dry tannic finesse. Finely balanced for the long term. Dark and savoury and full of such refined elegance and dark finesse. A beauty. 17.5 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2018 Duhart-Milon is composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, with the Cabernet Sauvignon harvested September 25 to October 4 and the Merlot harvested September 17-25, and it has 14% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with exuberant notes of Black Forest cake, plum preserves and crème de cassis with hints of spice cake, woodsmoke, potpourri and eucalyptus. Full-bodied, rich and laden with layers of black fruit preserves and spices, it has a velvety texture and just enough freshness, finishing long. Very impressive—the densest, most opulent Duhart I have tasted! 93-95 points

Chris Kissack

The blend in this vintage is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked between September 25th and October 4th, and 35% Merlot, picked between September 17th and the 25th, with a yield of 38 hl/ha. The alcohol level is 14%. This has a cool style on the nose, with gently peppered fruit wrapped in an elegant jacket of tightly grained oak. The palate is finely poised, expressive, open, not shy in any way, with a rich seam of peppery energy, and lots of oaky cinnamon and toast. A very elegant style here, with flavours of grilled red cherry dusted with black pepper, and plenty of vibrant energy. An impressive composition, broad and polished, sinewy and finely composed, with a wealth of tightly knit and velvety tannic grip running through to the finish, still wrapped up in grilled cherry flavours and an oaky sinew. The length is all swirling energy. A very composed, bright and cool style to Duhart-Milon this year, long with silky tannins, and showing great potential. Tasted twice. 93-95 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Duhart-Milon is a dense, powerful wine. Black cherry, licorice, dark spice, coffee, gravel and grilled herbs add to an impression of gravitas and brooding power. In 2018, Duhart-Milon is a wine of vertical build and intensity. The elevated ripeness of the vintage is very much in evidence in the wine`s flavor profile and richness. It will be interesting to see how the 2018 develops during élevage. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. 88-90 points

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