GRAPES: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot.
Chateau Duhart-Milon’s vineyard consists of a single block of vines adjacent to Chateau Lafite Rothschild, on the hillside to the west of the Carruades plateau. The property has 76 hectares of vines. The soil consists of fine gravel mixed with aeolian sand on a tertiary limestone subsoil.
VINTAGE SUMMARY: 2016 was characterized in Bordeaux by a very uniform climate, resulting in a good quality vintage for the entire region.
Bud break occurred around the normal time, although the spring was rather rainy and cold. June was particularly overcast and cool but flowering nevertheless took place in good conditions. The summer was hot and very dry, almost too dry at the beginning of September, with ripening becoming hindered in some cases.
Thanks to its rather cold, late-ripening terroir, Duhart-Milon coped perfectly with this period of water stress, until the very welcome rain in mid-September. From this point onwards it was plain sailing and the grapes finished ripening in optimal conditions.
WINE MAKING: Moulin de Duhart is made in the traditional Bordeaux methods: grapes are destemmed and crushed before being placed in concrete or stainless-steel tanks for fermentation. Fermentation is conducted at 30°c and followed by three weeks of maceration with regular pump over to ensure a gentle extraction of the tannins.
After malolactic fermentation, the wine is transferred into French oak barrels for 10 months in two-year-old barrels.
TASTING NOTES: Beautiful dark red colour. The nose is fresh but still slightly closed. Good notes of red fruit and blackcurrant. The oak is well-integrated. The attack on the palate is pleasant, soft and full-bodied. The wine quickly develops volume. Superb richness. The tannins remain silky smooth and round. Excellent length, very much in the classic style of Duhart’s terroir.
DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.
As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.