2010 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $150)

SKU #1066909 96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Dense purple, with classic notes of cedar and lead pencil shavings as well as gobs of back currants and licorice, the wine has a full-bodied mouthfeel with fabulous precision and density. It also possesses a long, silky finish with moderately high tannins, but they are ripe and well-integrated. The wood is clearly pushed to the background in this dense, full-bodied Pauillac, which should drink beautifully for 30+ years. This blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot is fabulous, a dead ringer for Lafite in a great vintage. (It is probably better than many of the Lafites of the 1960s and 1970s, and even some of the vintages in the 1980s.) (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Gravel over limestone, similar to Château Lafite Rothschild and under the same ownership. Cooler northern exposure of the terroir requires more time to ripen, but that was no problem in 2010. This has ripe fruit with graphite and wet stone. It may not be as dense as Clerc Milon, but the expression of finesse and refinement is unmistakable. Long, subtle finish. Pleasing, high-toned fruit perfectly matches grilled lamb chops with roast potatoes. (PK) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Like a lot of 2010s, the 2010 Duhart-Milon-Rothschild is tight and backward, yet has serious potential. Sporting a deep ruby/purple color and classic notes of currants, lead pencil shavings, cedarwood and saddle leather, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a tight, firm focused texture and beautiful concentration. Its tannins are present, yet ripe and integrated, and it has the purity and freshness that’s the hallmark of this great, great vintage. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2010 Duhart-Milon has an intense but tightly coiled nose of black fruit laced with cedar and mint. I would have liked to see a little more precision. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and very well judged acidity. There is an appealing sense of symmetry here with fine precision and tension on the finish. Excellent. (NM) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Dark fruited and a slight cedary note. Much lighter than I expected on the palate, sinewy and fresh. Elegant and nicely structured with a long finish. 17/20 points (JH) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

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By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2013 | Send Email
Dark blackberry nose. Spice and minerals on the palate.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2012 | Send Email
Malty aromas and lots of mid-palate sweetness.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2012 | Send Email
Deep, earthen, silky, fresh, long and round.

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