The Château Duhart-Milon-Rothschild winery is located in Pauillac, France, and covers around 152 hectares. About 71 percent of the winery is planted with vines, with the grape varieties Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon being the main crops.
To the history of the estate
The origins of the Château Duhart-Milon Rothschild winery can be traced back to just before the French Revolution. The name Milon refers to a hamlet in the municipality of Pauillac, whereas Duhart was an owner family. Written records of the estate have existed since the early 19th century. For example, the trader Guillaume Lawton reported on a property called Mandavy-Milon. After the death of the owner, the winery was divided, with some shares going to a winemaker named Duroc, and the other shares to Pierre Castéja, who over time was also able to acquire Duroc's shares. In addition, another 14 hectares were added, which Castéja bought from Duhart's widow.
According to an oral tradition, Sieur Duhart was once a pirate in the service of King Louis XIV. The house at that time existed until the 1950s and served as the inspiration for the label design of the Château Duhart-Milon. In 1855, as part of the Paris World Exhibition, the official Bordeaux classification was made, with fourth place being confirmed for the Duhart-Milon. The estate remained in the possession of the Castéja family until 1937, but then had to be sold due to inheritance disputes. From 1937 the estate changed hands a total of five times, and in 1962 it was finally taken over by the Lafite Rothschild family, who mainly invested in the vineyards, replacing bad vines with new ones and installing drainage. Between 1973 and 2001, the vineyard area was finally expanded to 76 hectares.
Cabernet Sauvignon (67 percent) and Merlot (33 percent) are mainly cultivated on the 76 hectares of vineyards. Since 1962, the Château Duhart Milon and Lafite Rothschild estates have been managed by a team headed by Eric Kohler as Technical Director. This is also supported by the oenologist Christophe Congé and the winery manager Louis Caillard. Traditional techniques are used to manage the winery, which contribute to the exquisite taste of the fine wines. These include harvesting by hand or strict control of crop yields.
The wines from the Château Duhart-Milon Rothschild winery mature in oak barrels for between 10 and 18 months and are refined with egg white at regular intervals during this time. In order to be able to assess the quality of the wines, a wide variety of tastings take place in December, whereby the wine cellar is not directly on the estate but in the heart of Pauillac.
Fine wines from France
In good years, the Duhart-Milon Rothschild estate produces top-quality wines, which are also popular outside of France and are also in great demand in South America, among other places. In addition, among wine connoisseurs and winegrowers, they are the flagship of the Bordeaux region, as both the bouquet and the taste are brilliant and convince critics. Mainly red wines are cultivated, which form the basis for various cuvées. For example, in the Cuvée Moulin de Duhart, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes come together and ensure exclusive quality.