A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot creates one of the first great vintages of Chateau Duhart-Milon in its modern era. Full bodied, smooth and rich, this wine is ready to drink and yet would easily be enjoyed for another decade!
Originally producing a second wine for the neighbouring Chateau Lafite, and owned by the famous Marquis Nicholas-Alexandre de Segur, what would become Chateau Duhart-Milon was already being recognised for the quality of its terrior. After coming into the Casteja family through inheritance, the now 40 hectare vineyard was named Duhart-Milon, supposedly after a privateer 'Sieur Duhart' who settled in Pauillac. His house would inspire the image on the label of Chateau Duhart-Milon wines.
A series of short-lived ownerships and natural hindrances after 1937 would see the large estate split and lose all sense of quality. Purchase by the Rothschild family would see a massive investment in the vineyard and winemaking facilities, gradually returning the wines to the quality which earned them classified growth status in 1855.
The 1996 Duhart-Milon-Rothschild is aging in wonderful fashion, to wit, a straight down the fairway Pauilliac. Now at 20 years of age, it has developed a fresh and very brine-scented bouquet with plenty of undergrowth and bell pepper aromas. You could almost imagine a bit of Loire Cabernet Franc in here! The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, impressive body and backbone, likewise more than enough freshness on the structured finish laced with white pepper and bell pepper. Very classic in style, this is a Duhart for traditionalists, but I for one appreciate its style. It is drinking perfectly now but will continue to offer pleasure for another 20 years.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.