2010 Chateau Duhart-Milon-Rothschild

Year: 2010
Appellation: Pauillac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnick: 94+--Wine Enthusiast: 93--Jeff Leve: 93
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73% Cabernet Sauvignon 27% Merlot

"Well-polished, with sleek edges to the fleshy plum, cassis and blackberry fruit, while the finish is embedded with black licorice and violet notes. Approachable now, but the stuffing is there to cellar this for a bit. Drink now through 2025." (WS)

"Dense purple, with classic notes of cedar and lead pencil shavings as well as gobs of back currants and licorice, the wine has a full-bodied mouthfeel with fabulous precision and density. It also possesses a long, silky finish with moderately high tannins, but they are ripe and well-integrated. The wood is clearly pushed to the background in this dense, full-bodied Pauillac, which should drink beautifully for 30+ years.

If you can’t afford Lafite-Rothschild (few can)or even their second wine, Carruades de Lafite, you still have Duhart Milon, which has become a profound wine over the last 5-7 years due to the extensive amount of attention and investment the Rothschilds have pumped into this estate. This blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot is fabulous, a dead ringer for Lafite in a great vintage. (It is probably better than many of the Lafites of the 1960s and 1970s, and even some of the vintages in the 1980s.)" (WA)

"Full purple-tinged red-ruby. Nuanced, scented nose combines blackberry, blackcurrant, ink, graphite and a peppery note. Suave, juicy and complex, with harmonious acidity giving shape and freshness to the wine's concentrated dark plum, tobacco and mineral flavors. Finishes savory and minerally, with silky tannins, noteworthy freshness and lovely lingering perfume." (VM)

"Pure Cabernet with currants, violets and minerals on then nose. Full and polished with ultra-refined tannins and a wonderful intensity of spices and sweet tobacco. $$" (JS)

"Like a lot of 2010s, the 2010 Duhart-Milon-Rothschild is tight and backward, yet has serious potential. Sporting a deep ruby/purple color and classic notes of currants, lead pencil shavings, cedarwood and saddle leather, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a tight, firm focused texture and beautiful concentration. Its tannins are present, yet ripe and integrated, and it has the purity and freshness that’s the hallmark of this great, great vintage. Give bottles another 2-3 years and it should keep for two to three decades." (JD)

"Juicy black currant fruit mingles with bright acidity and dark-chocolate tannins. This often overlooked château, with the same production team as Lafite-Rothschild, has an intense and concentrated 2010, balanced superbly between firmness and fruitiness." (WE)

"Closing up, it took effort to find the cassis, tobacco and olive notes. Medium/full bodied, soft textures and a fresh, cassis and dark red berry filled finish are found in this elegant Pauillac. 93 points - Tasted Oct 10, 2013" (JL)

Winery Notes:
The vineyard cycle began with a cold, relatively wet winter, resulting in a slightly later bud-break than in 2009, in mid-April. Growth was then boosted by dry, sunny weather in April. May and June were characterized by alternating periods of rain and sunshine. June began with a cold spell that complicated the flowering of the Merlot, resulting in flower abortion and uneven grape size. Fortunately, July was very dry (less than 20 mm of rain) with relatively high temperatures, which helped the vines to catch up from the delays caused during flowering. August and September were very dry, with beautiful daytime temperatures and cool nights creating ideal conditions for the grapes to slowly reach optimal ripeness.