Château Duhart-Milon takes its name from Milon, the Pauillac village where its vineyards lie, and their former owner, said to be the widow of a pirate in the service of Louis XV. Classified as a Fourth Growth in 1855, Duhart-Milon was headed steadily downhill until the Rothschild family rescued the estate -- a familiar pattern in Pauillac -- in 1962.
Today, 73 vineyard hectares are planted to 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot. Charles Chavlier, who runs the show at neighboring Lafite-Rothschild also manages Duhart-Milon, and until 2001 the two estates shared a picking team. The crossover, and close proximity of the Château means the wines also share some characteristics, namely some of the spicy dark berry and mineral notes and menthol austerity that Lafite is known for. Of course, with Duhart-Milon these attributes come at a fraction of the price.
Incidentally, there's no real Château at Duhart-Milon: the wines are finished in a large warehouse off a side street in Pauillac. But as long as this helps keep costs down, we don't mind.