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 Vintage1970 Label 1 of 86 
ProducerChâteau Duhart-Milon (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1983 and 2011 (based on 3 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Duhart Milon on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.4 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 18 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ATL on 12/28/2011: I don't really believe in giving wines a point score, particularly wines like this, but these two bottles, drunk on the same night with marrow bones, toast, and consomme where lovely. Pitch perfect with this course - not at all over the hill. Just awesome. Will try to buy more. (2906 views)
 Tasted by RKJacobs on 7/31/2011 & rated 92 points: Awesome, still big and surprising amount of tannins. Would have been great in another few years yet. (3469 views)
 Tasted by RKJacobs on 7/31/2011 & rated 92 points: Awesome, still big and surprising amount of tannins. Would have been great in another few years yet. Rich dark/black/burgundy in color. After reading other tasting notes... I must have got lucky with a very well kept bottle. We had this at a buddies house. It was a "bring your past due bottles" night. We had a dozen or so $250 plus bttls.... This was one of the better ones from the early 1960's to mid 80's. Even had it out in decanter for an hour. I'll miss her... Never to be had again!!!!! (3517 views)
 Tasted by Epicurism on 12/30/2009 & rated 80 points: Pleasant with good taste and smell. A bit too light though. (3419 views)
 Tasted by TexasBob on 12/26/2009 & rated 91 points: Well past its prime, but still lovely. Earthy sweetness dominates with spice underneath. The color still retains much more red than I would have thought possible and is relatively unmarred by brown. The finish contains plenty of red berries - the fruit still lives! (3323 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/3/2009 & rated 95 points: IN BETTER CONDITION THAN LAST BOTTLE
EXCELLENT (2244 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/1/2008 & rated 88 points: wine night with j&h
with 2004 napanook.
Great condition. cork in amazing condition.
first impression, dead.
after 30min, fruit appeared.
went very well with stewed chicken
love the mature bordeaux! (2173 views)
 Tasted by Tree512 on 11/28/2006 & rated 90 points: Completely mature and probably better 10 years ago, but still had good plummy fruit and enough backbone to make things interesting. Not particularly long or complex, but a classic example of mature Bordeaux. I enjoyed it a lot. (2520 views)
 Tasted by Tree512 on 9/6/2006 & rated 88 points: Over the hill but still alive and kicking. Still a bit of tannin and a good amount of sweet, plummy fruit. Not particularly intense or long, but classic claret and very enjoyable. (2580 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 5/31/2005 & rated 84 points: This bottle also showed some signs of leakage. The color was a solid red and only slightly cloudy. The nose was rather musty and not promising. On th palate the wine showed better than the nose. Primarily and mushroomy, compost character. Most of the fruit had faded and it had mild tannins. Always an interesting experience to drink an older Bordeaux though. 84 points. (2867 views)
 Tasted by grossie on 12/24/2004: Bottle #4. This is a lovely refined bottle of wine. Not at all ruined, although maybe over the hill. More prominent green bell pepper on the nose. Light to medium bodied, my impression remains that this would have been better 10 years ago, but it's quite pleasant now. (3091 views)
 Tasted by grossie on 11/7/2004 & rated 91 points: What a treat! The first 2 were completely gone, but on bottle #3 and I hit paydirt.

This was stood up for more than a week, decanted and drunk immediately, although this note is about 1 hour after opening. It is still deep red in color with a slight orange tint, not betraying it's 34 years. Leather, coffee, barnyard, and cranberries fill out the nose. It is medium bodied, with obvious aged qualities. The tannins are soft and the acid is in balance. It finishes well without anything bitter and leaves you wanting more. The overall impression is that there is harmony and delicacy here, but not any particular power. It was probably better 5-10 years ago, but it drinks quite well now. 91pts. (3174 views)
 Tasted by grossie on 10/28/2004: Gone too. (3567 views)
 Tasted by grossie on 10/27/2004: First bottle (of 5) opened tonight from my recent auction acquisition. This was the lowest fill at mid shoulder. The rest are high shoulder or low neck. My total cost was about $20 per bottle. This bottle was stood up for about a week.

When the foil was removed the news was bad. There was significant wine on the outside of the cork, obviously years old. There was mold too, but the wine contingency was prominent. The color is rust and is very murky. The nose proves very port-like. On the palate this is flat and a little bit like what a port would taste like if it wasn't fortified and had no life left. I believe this is what is referred to as "madeirized", and on top of that it's tired. Oh well, it was worth a shot, and I still have some hope that one or more of the others will work out. (3073 views)
 Tasted by bacchus on 1/1/1987 & rated 90 points: great bottle. (2533 views)
 Tasted by bacchus on 1/1/1986 & rated 90 points: great bottle. (2467 views)
 Tasted by bacchus on 1/1/1985 & rated 90 points: great bottle. (2403 views)

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Château Duhart-Milon

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Duhart Milon

Grape varietals : Cabernet Sauvignon 80 to 85%, Merlot 15 to 20%.
Length of ageing in oak barrels : 18 months, including from 50 to 55% in new barrels.
Average annual production : 20,000 cases per year.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification


Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.


Read more detailed information about Pauillac Looking full onto the river from the earliest days, with an important port activity, traces of which go back to ancient times (shipment of bronze as long ago as 2000 B.C.), Pauillac's life has always been intimately linked to the history of wine. Although port activities were at the root of its prosperity, Pauillac had to wait until the eighteenth century when Bordeaux ceased to hold its privileged position to become a wine port. The town then became the natural outlet for the wine production of neighbouring cantons before reaching its zenith in a period when the vineyards were exceptionally prosperous.

The characteristic of the Pauillac terroir is its exceptional relief: the many undulating ridges make it unique morphologically speaking. Highly favourable conditions facilitate the dissection of the layer of gravel. This thin, Garonne gravel from whose very poverty springs great richness, has an extremely effective natural drainage.

With their velvet red colour with a hint of amber, the wines from the Pauillac appellation, full-bodied and rich in tannin, are vigorous. Powerful when young, their aromas of red fruits (black-currant, raspberry) or flowers (violets, roses, irises) melt with the passing of time into a bouquet which is long in the mouth.
Rich and complex, the wines of Pauillac deserve to be laid down for a little longer.

Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)

In order to have the right to the Pauillac appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the commune of Pauillac and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cissac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Sauveur, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

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