2008 Duhart-Milon Rothschild
By Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild
2008 Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux
The 2008 Duhart-Milon Rothschild stands as a testament to the resilience of the Pauillac terroir in a year that tested the skills of vintners with its fair share of climatic whimsy. This vintage from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild offers a compelling narrative of the chateau's adept management of their vineyards and precise winemaking techniques amidst the challenging conditions of the season.
Patience and Precision: The Hallmarks of 2008
2008 unfolded with trepidation as Bordeaux experienced a variable spring followed by a damp early summer. However, an Indian summer salvaged the growing cycle, endowing the grapes with optimal ripening conditions late in the season. It is this climatic peculiarity that has carved out the distinctive profile of the 2008 Duhart-Milon Rothschild, making it a peculiar yet fascinating subject for wine investment discourse.
In my recent tasting, I noted how this vintage has evolved beautifully. It offers a layered bouquet marrying blackcurrant and savoury spice, tethered to an earthy minerality--a hallmark of Pauillac's esteemed gravel soils. The palate reveals a well-structured tannic framework that supports a symphony of ripe fruit and subtle oak nuances. The finish is enduring and speaks volumes to the wine's balanced acidity and harmonious integration of components.
Intrigue in Maturation: A Wise Investment?
The sophistication of 2008 Duhart-Milon Rothschild lies not only in its current drinking window but in its potential for further maturation. Discerning collectors and investors might view this particular expression as an astute addition to their portfolios, offering both drinking pleasure and value appreciation over time.
The prudent investor seeking distinctive vintages with strong narratives will find much to admire here. As a fine wine investment piece, the 2008 Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild encapsulates one of Pauillac's more remarkable stories of triumph over adversity—a wine truly reflective of its time yet timeless in its appeal.
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Scores and tasting notes
A magnificent sleeper of the vintage, the 2008 Duhart Milon is the shrewd consumer’s wine to purchase by the case as prices do not yet reflect its qualitative resurgence. Composed of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot that came in at 13.09% alcohol, it is a surprisingly intense effort displaying a marvelous texture, plenty of black currant, licorice, unsmoked cigar tobacco and earthy characteristics, a full-bodied mouthfeel and stunning purity as well as density. Enjoy this top-notch 2008 over the next 20-25 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 1 May 2011
Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. The Duhart Milon 2008 is really turning into a great Pauillac. It has a lovely, intense bouquet with blackberry, undergrowth and a touch of game with well integrated oak. Graphite aromas emerge with time. The palate is well balanced, quite austere with upfront graphite flavours, very classic with good substance on the foursquare, almost severe on the finish that is fresh and lively. One of the few easily identified under blind conditions. Tasted January 2012.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2012
Lead pencil and tobacco with licorice and currants. Full and super refined with a currants and light spice character. Open and refined and delicious bottle already.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 20th 2010