2012 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
While initially severe with chocolate and dark coffee flavors, ripe fruitiness comes through on the mid palate. It's full bodied and dense in tannins, but a solid wine showing the continuing development of this property.
The savory tobacco and cassis notes race along, with a charcoal frame. A backdrop of kirsch fill this out, displaying a peppery hint on the lightly dusty finish.
Firm and pretty with fine tannins and lovely fruit. Medium-bodied, with good fruit and a medium finish.
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot. A little deeper than Carruades. Very light nose indeed. Quite a strong palate impact. Very firm and quite complex. Veering towards St-Estèphe austerity. Admirable restraint. Hums on the finish. I do like this. Suave. 17.5/20 points.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, this 2012 exhibits good ripeness as well as a strong herbaceous streak throughout the aromas and flavors. It is a very good, medium-bodied effort, but it is not as exceptional as some of the Duharts we have seen in recent vintages (2008, 2009 and 2010). It is slightly richer than the second wine of Lafite Rothschild, Carruades.
** A value. Lovely, ripe but restrained fruit hits all areas of the mouth with good, sweet middle fruit and richness. This wine has fine, elegant tannins and a nice hint of spice on the finish. Really delicious! (Ralph Sands, K&L Bordeaux expert)