2002 Duhart-Milon Rothschild
By Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild
2002 Duhart-Milon Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
As the world's preeminent oenophiles turned their discerning palates towards Bordeaux's prestigious Pauillac appellation, the 2002 vintage from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild has intriguingly woven its way into the tapestry of fine wine investment. This particular year tells a story of challenge and triumph—with the wine bearing the hallmarks of a resilient vintage that has developed a certain beguiling character over time.
Pauillac's Hidden Gem
The lesser-sung hero of Lafite’s portfolio, this wine carries an understated gravitas that is ever-present in its older siblings but at a fraction of the premium. Investing in such wines from acclaimed vineyards can offer prudent diversification to portfolios. The 2002 vintage shows that even in less-celebrated years, the winemaking prowess of Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild yields wines of noteworthy complexity and ageing potential.
Anatomy of the 2002 Vintage
The growing season in Pauillac for the 2002 crop was marked by an unpredictable climate, sparingly doling out sunny days amidst frequent rain showers—yet meticulous vineyard management and precise harvesting yielded fruit that has since transformed into a wine with unexpectedly charming characteristics.
This vintage encapsulates a harmonious balance between ripened Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Imbued with ripe black currant notes intertwined with hints of graphite and tinges of tobacco, the 2002 Duhart-Milon Rothschild is sheathed in firm yet satiny tannins leading to an impressively long finish edged with subtle spice—echoing Pauillac's quintessence.
Freshness might not be touted as its prime attribute; however, it is this wine's savoury nuance and graceful ageing that underscore its allure for aficionados seeking nuanced maturity in their bottles. It holds a unique place among collectors whose taste veers towards Bordeaux that exudes elegance over exuberance.
Concluding Vintage Virtues
In summary, the 2002 Duhart-Milon Rothschild paints an intricate portrait indicative of its year—a robust fabric detailed with delicate threads of mineral austerity. While it may sail under some radars due to its birth year’s reputation, astute investors will find value in its steady evolution and historical narrative—a treasure tucked within Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild’s lauded lineage, making it a dignified addition to any discerning collection.
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Scores and tasting notes
Tasted blind at Farr's 2002 Bordeaux tasting. Very elegant and refined on the nose: bright red-berried fruit, raspberry and wild strawberry entwined with cedar-wood and graphite. Very well balanced on the palate: natural and just the right amount of austerity with black pepper and pencil lead. Very fine tannins, feminine, lithe, beautifully poised on the finish. Lovely. Tasted October 2009.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2010
This is an excellent effort boasting notes of cedar, spice box, earth, and red and black currants in a medium-bodied, elegant style that exhibits the hand prints of Lafite Rothschild. A pure wine, it should age nicely for 10-15 years. Duhart is a chateau to watch as the Rothschilds (of Lafite) are making serious investments and pushing full-throttle to upgrade the quality and image of this estate.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 April 2005