Moulin de Duhart Pauillac 2014Regular price $398.00 Sale price $368.00
Region: Pauillac AOC, Bordeaux, France
Size: 750 ml
Grapes: 64% Merlot & 36% Cabernet Sauvignon
Enjoy at 16-18°C
Peak Maturity / Drink from: 2018 to 2022
Decanting time: 1 hour
Château Duhart-Milon’s second wine is selected on the same basis as the “Grand Vin”. In general, the grapes are from the younger plots in the vineyard. Moulin de Duhart has several characteristics similar to the grand vin, but with less potential for ageing as its barrel ageing period is shorter. It should be consumed younger than its more robust counterpart. The origin of the name comes from the former presence of a windmill on the Carruades plateau, next to the Duhart-Milon vineyard.
"A ripe rich style of wine, with swathes of black-currant fruits and cushioned tannins, this second wine of Duhart-Milon is full bodied and deliciously rich. The fruit carries the wine with its smooth tannins. Drink from 2022." ROGER VOSS
Good colour. Deep red. Robust nose, still closed. Notes of fresh fruit, especially Morello cherries. The attack is supple and rounded. A pleasantly energetic wine. Evolves well on the palate. The structure suggests that it will soon open up.
Good length, with slightly green but soft tannins.
This wine should open up over the next two years and be at its peak between 2018 and 2022.
About the 2014 vintage of this wine
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.
The history of Château Duhart Milon dates back to the early 18th century, when Pauillac was covered with vines, under the direction of the Seigneurie de Lafite. The wines of Milon serve as an income to the Lord of Lafite and enter the “second wines” of Château Lafite, which already testifies to the recognized quality of the terroir. In 1815, the broker Guillaume Lawton already speaks of the wine of Mandavy-Milon like a fourth vintage of Pauillac in the course of creation. Between 1830 and 1840, the Castéja family benefited from the estate of Mandavy and that of widow Duhart (14 Hectares), it thus has in hand a vineyard of about 40 hectares to which it gives the name of Duhart-Milon. The classification of 1855 recognizes the quality of the soil of Duhart-Milon by positioning it as the only 4th Grand Cru Classé of the commune of Pauillac. In 1937, the variation of successive legacies led to its sale. Five owners will then succeed in 25 years leading to the fragmentation of the vineyard and its rapid decline. The quality of the wines dropped considerably until the Rothschild family bought the property in 1962. The 110-hectare estate had only 17 hectares of vines. Following many works undertaken the property went between 1973 and 2001, from 42 to 71 hectares. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the maturity of the plantations and the renovation of the cellars have brought the last touches to the considerable qualitative effort that has been made during 40 years to give Château Duhart-Milon its rank of 4th growth.
About Duhart Milon's Terroir
The terroir of Château Duhart-Milon extends over 76 hectares of vines which are divided between 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot. The average age of the vineyard is 30 years old. Many works are engaged in the vineyard: drainage works, uprooting and replanting, purchase of plots. New cellars and vats are also installed in Pauillac. Each parcel is isolated during the vinification to appreciate its quality to enter the great wine at the end of fermentations. The wine is aged 14 months in barrels of which 50% is new.
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