2009 Duhart-Milon Rothschild
By Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild
2009 Duhart-Milon Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
In the esteemed lineage of Bordeaux vintages, the 2009 Duhart-Milon Rothschild stands as a testament to the sun-soaked grandeur that year lavished upon Pauillac. This exemplary wine from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild unites the richness of ripe fruit with the precision of fine Pauillac terroir.
The Quintessential Vinous Investment
The 2009 vintage embodies an opportune intersection of climatic splendour and vinification expertise. The benevolent growing season marketed 2009 as one of the most investable years in recent memory. With a heightened collector's interest, these bottles not only enhance a connoisseur’s cellar but also represent a shrewd financial foothold in the fine wine market.
A Vintage Defined by Elegance and Depth
Distinguished by its opulent bouquet, the 2009 Duhart-Milon Rothschild exudes aromas of blackcurrants and cedarwood, intertwined with hints of tobacco—a nod to the classic Bordeaux profile. On the palate, layers reveal themselves with sumptuous elegance; silky tannins underpinning dark fruit notes, all carried forth by an impeccable structure—a harmonious blend deserving of patient cellaring.
The diligent stewardship at Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild has ensured that each sip delivers a complex performance. Seasoned oenophiles often note how this vintage possesses a remarkable ability to maintain balance and subtlety amidst the potency—an accomplishment indeed for a wine with such extensive ageing potential.
As 2009 Duhart-Milon Rothschild continues its journey towards its apex, its narrative weaves through the pages of Pauillac's winemaking history. Connoisseurs investing in this liquid asset will find their patience richly rewarded; each future uncorking promises a lyrical ode to the storied landscape it hails from.
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Scores and tasting notes
A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, it displays an inky/blue/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, forest floor, licorice, lead pencil, cedar and subtle barrique smells. Viscous and full-bodied, it is the most concentrated and broadest example of this cuvee I have tasted in over three decades. It will be ready to drink in 5-7 years and should last for three decades or more. Consumers looking to maximize value should be checking out Duhart Milon, as this may be the single smartest purchase in this great and historic vintage! Since few consumers other than Chinese billionaires can afford wines such as Lafite Rothschild, perhaps it is time for readers to take a look at Duhart Milon, which sells for less than Lafite’s second wine. The Rothschilds have invested heavily in resurrecting this property to near super-star status, and the 2009 appears to be the finest Duhart I have ever tasted.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 December 2011
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. To the astonishment of our group of experienced palates, the Duhart-Milon '09 took on all-comers under blind conditions and triumphed. I always regarded it as a fantastic Pauillac but this good? I mean ... it received a higher average group score than almost every Grand Vin. It has a very intense bouquet with blackberry, mulberry, quince and a touch of dried flowers picked from down in Margaux. There is a slight meaty tincture suggesting some Cabernet Franc? The palate is medium-bodied but with superb fruit concentration. Again, there is a beguiling sense of precision and harmony that lends the finish weightlessness and poise. This is an effortless wine and a benchmark Duhart. Bravo! Tasted January 2013.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013
This is superb, with so much beautiful subtle fruit and wonderful flowers. Full and very lively, with super fine tannins and a lively finish. Very exciting. Best ever from here. Try in 2018.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 14th 2012