1989 Duhart-Milon Rothschild
By Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild
1989 Duhart-Milon Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
In the variegated tapestry that is Bordeaux's vintage narrative, the 1989 Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild shines with a particular resplendence. Regarded with reverence by collectors and investors alike, one finds within this bottling a convergence of favourable conditions that precipitated its excellence.
A Vintage Defined by Climatic Grandeur
The year 1989 is often lauded for its exceptional climatic conditions across Bordeaux which offered an almost textbook progression of seasons – a mild winter, a warm spring, and a summer that swung beautifully between hot days and cool nights, ensuring the optimal ripening of grapes. This serendipitous weather pattern culminated in harvests of such quality that they became the benchmark for future vintages.
In each glass of the 1989 Duhart-Milon Rothschild, one uncovers layers of intricate flavours coupled with a mellowed tannic structure—a product of three decades spent in studied repose. The sturdy backbone, a hallmark of Pauillac's formidable terroirs, remains handsomely dressed in the matured robes of blackcurrant and cedar, while subtle hints of tobacco and earthy truffle hum in quiet celebration of the wine’s journey through time.
An Oenophilic Odyssey Worthy Of Investment
This offering from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild is a poignant reminder that fine wines are not mere aesthetics but investments yielding pleasures beyond fiscal growth. For the collector seeking to diversify their portfolio with an investment-grade bottle, the 1989 Duhart-Milon Rothschild stands as a choice par excellence—captivating in taste and exemplary in its vintage provenance.
Nudging four decades hence, its evolution in bottle embraces both robustness and finesse—the swirling dance of longevity and vitality. As we look upon it now, bolstered by years and cradled by history, this Pauillac majesty from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild presents an investment as sensorially gratifying as it is monetary—a distinguished addition to any collection that whispers quietly of Bordeaux's climatic ballet back in '89.
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Scores and tasting notes
Deep crimson hue. A lovely regal Pauillac nose: cedar, pine with that Merlot lending it a ripe cherry/blackberry fruitiness. The palate is not complex but very harmonious and well-balanced. Quite tannic at first but becomes supple with aeration, quite mellow. Raspberry, black truffle and burnt toast. Smooth satiny finish with a dark chocolate aftertaste. Tasted March 2005.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - Wine Journal
The 1989 has an intense bouquet of creamy blackcurrant fruit and exotic spices. There is even a touch of the famous Pauillac lead-pencil smell. Medium-bodied, rich and alcoholic, this voluptuous-styled wine has all the components necessary to seduce tasters for the next 8-12 years. Anticipated maturity: 1994- 2008.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 27 February 1993