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2009 Duhart-Milon, Pauillac

SKU #1108730 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Talk about value, the 2009 Duhart-Milon is straight up sensational stuff. Made from 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, it gives up classic notes of blackcurrants, pencil shavings, saddle leather and smoked herbs, it’s full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with fine tannin, impeccable balance and a great, great finish. It’s a heavenly bottle of wine that will compete with the best out there. Buy this wine! Inner quote mark (7/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, it displays an inky/blue/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, forest floor, licorice, lead pencil, cedar and subtle barrique smells. Viscous and full-bodied, it is the most concentrated and broadest example of this cuvee I have tasted in over three decades. It will be ready to drink in 5-7 years and should last for three decades or more. Consumers looking to maximize value should be checking out Duhart Milon, as this may be the single smartest purchase in this great and historic vintage! (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is superb, with so much beautiful subtle fruit and wonderful flowers. Full and very lively, with super fine tannins and a lively finish. Very exciting. Best ever from here. Inner quote mark (3/2012)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2009 Duhart-Milon is recalcitrant on the nose, refusing to give much away in terms of aromas. Loamy, peaty scents emerge with time amongst the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, fresh in the mouth with good salinity. There is something estuarine about this Pauillac that lends it personality and its grip on the finish suggesting that it will give many more years of drinking pleasure. This has long been an impressive Duhart-Milon and so it is proven here. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A rounded wine, its tannins submerged into the ripe fruits. It feels soft, and there is just a bite of alcohol. The structure is soft, generous, opulent. (RV) Inner quote mark (8/2010)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Sweet oaky nose, with considerable intensity. Medium-bodied, svelte, concentrated, with robust tannins to balance the sweetness of fruit. No blockbuster, but it shows elegance and persistence, and some density of black fruits. It’s subtle in that the structure is rather disguised but it’s undoubutedly there. Good length. (SB) Inner quote mark (3/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This takes a fleshy, rather toasty approach, showing roasted plum and black currant fruit, with a smoked mesquite note on the loam-tinged finish. There's more breadth than depth, but this has the latent minerality to last a long time in the cellar. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

90-91 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2009 Duhart Milon is a mini version of the Lafite this year and any fan of Lafite would be well-served to track down a goodly supply of the 2009 Duhart Milon as well. The bouquet is deep, pure and enchanting, as it delivers a beautifully perfumed blend of cassis, dark berries, espresso, tobacco ash, gravel and plenty of luxe, nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full, pure and complex, with impeccable focus and balance, ripe, suave tannins and really fine length and grip on the classy finish. 90-91+ Inner quote mark (7/2008)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Dark blackish crimson. Sweet nose with a hint of char. Broad and charming with everything in the right place. Already accessible. 18/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2020 | Send Email
Tasted at the Chateau. My expectations were high here, and I knew it was going to be competing against a line of Grand Vins from Lafite ('89 and '04), but it was firing on all cylinders. With a classic Pauillac nose of graphite and currant, Duhart '09 fans out on the palate with brilliant texture, balanced acid, and copious pure red fruit. The tannins are remarkably fine and the wine is deftly layered. At ten years on it is just barely entering an early drinking window, and shows the Lafite pedigree through and through. This is one of the best sweet spot collectible buys of the vintage and will drink beautifully for years to come.

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