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Duhart Milon 2001 and 2007

Deep ruby core with a medium rim. Very elegant and refined on the nose-ripe, concentrated dark fruit aromas with notes of "cigar-box" & pencil shavings (cedar & graphite)- cedar-wood and graphite. Drinking well now, natural and with just the right amount of mellowed grip with lifted- acidity. Fine tannins, feminine, supple, beautifully poised on the finish. Lovely. Of course, everyone knows Duhart, which is still valuable. Under the shadow of 1995, 1996 and 2000, 2001 is an understated vintage, hence the great deal—medium finish and alcohol, but still structured with some mileage. Probably only Bob Campell MW awarded it 95 points recently; most old-school writers awarded it at the level of 89. Deep ruby with a tight rim, 2007 opens up and gives a strong fragrance of cedar and tobacco with a touch of black fruits. Very structured and balanced. A touch austere and leafy in the finish. Falstaff 92, DD95.

Parker writes that this property, which has benefitted enormously from huge investments from the Rothschild family that owns Lafite, has turned out a dense purple-coloured Pauillac offering broad, expansive, supple and silky tannin as well as loads of Asian plum sauce, blackcurrants, and sweet cherries.


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