Duhart Milon Rothschild 2014

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Duhart Milon Rothschild 2014

Château Duhart-Milon’s grand vin is often described as a model of the Pauillac appellation.

Specifications

Country, Region
France, Bordeaux, Pauillac
Grape
73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot
Vintage
2014
ABV
13%
Food friend
Quality rib of beef

Additional Details

Tasting Notes

Tobacco, cedar, cassis and lead pencil on the nose. The medium bodied wine is fresh, lively, with a blend of black cherry and cassis with an energetic, spicy, lively finish.

Producer details

Duhart Milon is synonymous with Lafite Rothschild in Asia, due to the fact Lafite bought the estate in 1962, renaming it Duhart Milon Rothschild; the wines also share similar labels. Duhart Milon Rothschild is a Fourth Growth in its own right and is found in Pauillac on the western boundary of Lafite Rothschild. Its vineyards are found on the Milon hillside, very close to the Carruades plateau and shares similar terroir, combining gravel, sand and limestone. As soon as the Rothschilds made the acquisition, they painstakingly rebuilt the Estate investing heavily into it, clearing all unhealthy vines and replanting them, as such the vines today have an average age of 30 years.

In the vineyard

Château Duhart-Milon’s vineyard consists mainly of a single block of vines on the west side of Château Lafite Rothschild, on the Milon hillside, which runs along the Carruades plateau. The property has 76 hectares of vine. The soil is fine gravel mixed with aeolian sand on tertiary limestone subsoil. The 76 hectares of vines consist of Cabernet Sauvignon (67%) and Merlot (33%). The average age of the vines is 30 years.

In the winery

Significant rainfall from November to February restored groundwater reserves, which had already been substantially replenished by average or higher than average rain in 2012 and 2013. Temperatures remained above normal and the vines missed the hearty winter frosts; what we really wanted were about two weeks of crisp mornings with beautiful sunshine, dry cold and no wind. But you cannot control nature! Bud break was early, followed by uniform flowering during the first week of June, spurred on by a rise in temperatures. As always, the impact of the weather on the vineyard was our primary concern, and our teams worked throughout the year to ensure that the grapes reach maturity in perfect health. The onset of ripening occurred over two periods, first in late July and then again after 15 August, creating differences in the ripeness of the bunches on the same vine. Some “juggling” was therefore necessary when it came to the harvests, in order to make the best choices; the pickers and sorters were under strict orders to only keep the very best quality red grapes, suited to the production our Pauillac grand vins.

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