The 2012 Chateau Duhart-Milon is often described as Pauillac appellation's iconic wine. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend is characterized by delicate weather conditions that marked Bordeaux wines.
This Pauillac 4e Cru Classe remains very elegant, despite the presence of light wood notes. Though very discrete at first, fruit scents open up with a bit of swirl. The wine's strength is only revealed on the palate, followed by full and round body that lead to fresh, lightly spiced, yet vibrant touches.
This property has enjoyed the considerable investments from the Rothschild family and the quality of the wines over the last generation has been increasingly impressive. I've always written that if you can't afford Lafite Rothschild, why not try Duhart Milon, which is not far off the quality of its much more famous neighbor. Spicy, deep ruby/purple with notes of cassis, cedar wood and spice box, the wine is soft, round, juicy, medium-bodied and ideal for drinking now and over the next 15 or so years. It is not one of their finest efforts, but it is certainly well-made, supple-textured and seductive.