Updated: Dec 1, 2019
Duhart Milon and Chateau Lafite-Rothschild
Moulin de Duhart 2016
This nectar comes from one of the most prestigious area in the world, and part of the name on the label makes our heart beat faster… especially if you are a bit wannabe! This red comes from Pauillac, mythological appellation in the Haut-Medoc. Here the Cabernet Sauvignon is the king! It accounts for 55%-60% of this blend. The rest is Merlot. The wine is aged for 10 months in two-year-old oak barrels. The producer suggests to decant it for an hour and to taste at a temperature between 16-18C. It means that you can uncork it, start cooking, phone your mum and then enjoy the nectar.
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is medium. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
As soon as the nostrils approach the glass, you immediately understand that we are in the Right Bank of the Gironde. The Cabernet Sauvignon shows all its muscles. The wine is a blaze of black currant, black cherry and black plum. A light swirling, and the preserved fruits come out with a nicely sharp black pepper. As secondary aromas, there is the clove, a bit of vanilla, toast, charred wood and smoke. On the tertiaries, I can smell an elegant leather, the forest floor, tobacco and farmyard.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are medium plus leaving a good sensation on the palate. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13%). I categorize the wine as medium plus body with medium plus flavour intensity and a medium plus finish.
On the palate we find all the aromas already evident to the nose, but also a bit of coffee.
Not sure this nectar is worth its cost. Surely there is a premium to be paid for having the poorest amongst the Rothschild at your table. Putting aside the price issue, this wine is really nice and you will enjoy until the last drop. This nectar is still developing showing some potential for ageing… but also in this case, don’t wait until your daughter’s wedding.