2005 Duhart-Milon

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
abv 13.0%
  • 93 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 16 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 49588-2005
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($70-$75) Medium ruby. Superripe aromas and flavors of blueberry, blackberry, bitter chocolate, licorice, menthol and Asian spices. Big, chocolatey and rich; much broader and more backward than the Carruades I tasted next to it but without that wine's perfume and light touch. Finishes chewy and youthfully medicinal, with a classic dryness and substantial tannins that call for seven or eight years of cellaring.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Dark in color, almost black, with beautiful aromas of spices, blackberry and milk chocolate. Full-bodied and very silky, yet tannic, with a wonderful texture. This is long and caressing. Gorgeous. 20,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Tasted blind. Grey/black crimson. Savoury and focused. Good intensity. But just a little bit dead on the mid palate. Great intention but could do with a bit more lift. Fruit triumphs over tannins in this case. A tad sour.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    This property, which has benefitted enormously from tremendous investments from the Rothschild family that owns Lafite, has turned out a dense purple-colored wine in 2005. Offering broad, expansive, supple and silky tannin as well as loads of Asian plum sauce, blackcurrants, and sweet cherries, this wine is seductive, medium to full-bodied, and luscious. This successful effort from the Rothschilds should continue to drink well for at least another two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2011-2025
    Author: MikeB
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2015-2030
    Author: alphajet
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2015-2030
    Author: Wingman
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Dark red color with brown hue. Nice nose of graphite, dirt and dark fruits. Wonderful smooth texture and weight on palate. Lots of nice fruit as well. Medium length finish fell a bit short. Soft tannin, easy drinking.
    Author: WineRyan
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Great value in 2005 vintage.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: Paul R Eno
  • Self | Rating: 89

    I thought the wine was a bit flat and the tannins a bit too strong. This is a wine that needs to age a few more years at least. Could taste the potential of this 2005, but if you have some of this, don't open it for a couple years
    Drink Dates: 2012-2020
    Author: Batard Montrachet
  • Self | Rating: 95

    One of those once in a blue moon wine experiences where the wine hits all the right marks and makes the evening unforgetable. Paired with a hearty lamb stew with fall vegetables. Elegant, smooth mouthfeel. The color still holding its inky purple character. Beautiful aromas of violet and roasted nuts. All the left bank tasting notes are there: mineral, cherry, white pepper, just a special wine.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: OCKevin
  • Self | Rating: 85

    This wie has a 94 RP rating and i would only give it an 85! Will try again with a different bottle.
    Author: NC
  • Self | Rating: 95

    This wine is in prime form right now. I don't like older wines. The tannins have settled nicely and are very smooth. The wine still has good fruit, currants, fruitcake, plums and blackberries. The best thing is the cinnamon on the finish. It's a shame that I will never be able to buy this wine at the price I paid a few years ago.
    Author: Litig8tr
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Very full-flavored and earthy wine. Teriffic nose of cassis and elderberry. Good finish and
    Author: Donald Vinfolio
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Young
    Drink Dates: 2015-2030
    Author: Spike Ngai
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2888 bottles owned
  • 314 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 314 collectors)