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Château Duhart-Milon

Château Duhart-Milon

Back in the 18th century, the then owner of Lafite Rothschild Marquis Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur understood the potential of the orchards of the then Milon farm, and Milon then became Lafite's second wine. In 1815, the farm was unofficially referred to as Pauillac's 4th growth class farm, and during the distribution of inheritance in the 1830s and 1840s, 14 hectares of paddocks formerly belonging to the Duhart family were also added to the Milon farm, when this 40-hectare complex was renamed Duhart-Milon. In the classification of 1855, the status of the farm in the 4th growth class was formalized, and soon Duhart-Milon became one of the largest farms in Pauillac with its paddocks covering 50 hectares.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the ownership of the farm changed several times, and the numerous divisions of the orchards, not to mention the harsh frost of 1956, did not do good for the quality of the orchards or the wine obtained from them. However, the Rothschild family came to the rescue in 1962, buying the farm for themselves. At that time, the farm was 110 hectares in total, but only 17 hectares were planted with vines. With the Rothschilds, the reconstruction of the farm and the renovation of the vineyards began, and by 2001 the vineyard area had grown to 71 hectares.

Today, the Duhart-Milon shelters are doing well and the cellars have also been completely renovated. The shelters are almost one unified area, located on the west side of Lafite-Rothschild. Vines grow on 76 hectares, and the soil in the orchards is fine gravel and sand on a limestone subsoil. 67% of the vines are Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot, and they are 30 years old on average. The same kind of uncompromising yard work guides the operation of the farm, as it does for its owner Lafite-Rothschild. Even though the orchard area is uniform, its different plots are vinified separately, so the best tanks end up in the farm's number one wine. Depending on the vintage, the wines mature for 10-18 months in barrels made by our own barrel makers.

The farm's annual production is around 360,000 bottles.

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