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Chateau Duhart-Milon


The Rothschild family acquired Chateau Duhart-Milon, a "4th Cru" in the 1855 classification from the Castejas of Pauillac, in 1962. The property was named after the Sieur of Duhart, gun-runner to Louis XIV, who owned this land, and from the name of the little hamlet of Milon which stands on a knoll separating this vineyard from that of Chateau Lafite. Since the acquisition, a lot of work has been done to reestablish the name and the reputation of this "cru classe": replanting and developing the vineyard, building new modern chais and cuvier, paying strict attention to the viticulture as to the vinification.


The vineyard covers 50 hectares and is planted with the classical grape varieties of the Medoc: Cabernet Sauvignon (57%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Merlot (21%) with just a few percent of "Petit Verdot" (this cépage has always been traditionally planted at Duhart-Milon and a certain excess of it in the pre-war vintages might explain their slightly flinty hardness).


The fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats, but the wines are aged in oak barriques, made by the cooper of Lafite, 33 to 40% are renewed each year.

After 18 to 20 months in barrels, during which time the wines are racked seven times and fined, the bottling takes place at the chateau.

A strict selection of the vats which go into Duhart-Milon wines maintains a high quality. Average production: 180 tonneaux/year.