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Online-Only Auction, 16 - 23 November 2020

Wine
  • Duhart-Milon; Pauillac; 2005; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 12 000 - 14 000

About this Item

Pauillac, 2005
6 (1 x 6) 750ml

Château Duhart-Milon, previously known as Duhart-Milon-Rothschild, is a winery in the Pauillac appellation of the Médoc, and ranked as a fourth growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Duhart-Milon is owned by its illustrious neighbor Lafite Rothschild, and shares its vineyard management and winemaking teams. The property is said to derive its name from a pirate named Duhart who sailed in the service of Louis XV and retired to the Médoc. The "Pirate's House" stood by the Gironde until the 1950s, and endures on the château's label. After the 1855 Classification, the estate underwent a period of decline until it was bought by Baron Eric de Rothschild in 1962. The vineyards had to be replanted, and as a result, wines from the 2000 vintage onwards are generally held to be superior to those of the previous few decades due to the increasing vine age.

Critics Ratings

‘This property, which has benefitted enormously from tremendous investments from the Rothschild family that owns Lafite, has turned out a dense purple-colored wine in 2005. Offering broad, expansive, supple and silky tannin as well as loads of Asian plum sauce, blackcurrants, and sweet cherries, this wine is seductive, medium to full-bodied, and luscious. This successful effort from the Rothschilds should continue to drink well for at least another two decades. Drink 2015 - 2035.’ – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 93/100 (Jun 2015)

‘Dark in color, almost black, with beautiful aromas of spices, blackberry and milk chocolate. Full-bodied and very silky, yet tannic, with a wonderful texture. This is long and caressing. Gorgeous.’ – Wine Spectator, 93/100 (Mar 2008)

‘Medium ruby. Superripe aromas and flavors of blueberry, blackberry, bitter chocolate, licorice, menthol and Asian spices. Big, chocolatey and rich; much broader and more backward than the Carruades I tasted next to it but without that wine's perfume and light touch. Finishes chewy and youthfully medicinal, with a classic dryness and substantial tannins that call for seven or eight years of cellaring.’ – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, 91+/100 (May 2008)

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