2011 Duhart-Milon Rothschild
By Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild
2011 Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux
The 2011 vintage from Pauillac has often been overshadowed by its preceding year, that's why a discerning palate will find the tasting of the 2011 Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild an intriguing exploration.
Expressive Elegance in a Challenging Vintage
The 2011 vintage in Bordeaux was one that can best be described as a winemaker's challenge. A hot spring followed by a dry summer led to early ripening, but also demanded meticulous attention in the vineyard. At Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild, this resulted in a wine that speaks to the skill and finesse of its creators.
The 2011 Duhart-Milon Rothschild offers an expressive nose - ripe blackcurrant and black cherries intermingle with subtle cedar and tobacco nuances. On the palate, it delivers the classic full-bodied structure one expects from Pauillac. It’s a balanced affair of dark fruit savours married harmoniously with well-integrated tannins and a hint of spice that lingers into the finish.
Fine Wine Investment Potentials
In terms of investment, while not as immediately approachable as the lauded 2009 or 2010 vintages, there lies significant value in the 2011 Duhart-Milon Rothschild. Its relative undervaluation makes it an astute choice for collectors seeking to diversify their portfolios with a less exuberant yet no less commendable year.
The wine presents itself with a refinement that surpasses expectations for such a challenged year; it holds potential for enjoyable drinking now yet possesses the tannic backbone that assures further maturation will only embellish its intrinsic quality over time.
In summation, the 2011 vintage of Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon stands testament to the fortitude of Pauillac's terroir and the deft hand of its viticulturists. Remarkably resilient, it is bound to secure its place as a prudent addition to both cellars and investment portfolios alike.
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Scores and tasting notes
I am impressed with this for the vintage. It's full and round with a succulent, juicy structure, silky tannins and a plum, cocoa, cedar and berry aftertaste. Outstanding harmony for 2011. Try in 2017.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 19th 2014
Tart acids give this dark ruby/purple-tinged wine a crunchy, fresh, lively feel on the palate. Composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, this medium-bodied 2011 reveals loads of finesse and purity, but is slightly superficial compared to recent vintages such as 2009 and 2010. It should drink well for 10-15 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 25 April 2012
The 2011 Duhart Milon is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot and offers a typically foursquare bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow and pencil lead. It does not have the aromatic penetration displayed by the 2010 last year. The palate is medium-bodied and demands time to unwind, displaying broody dark berries and a touch of sous-bois and black olive. There is a Graves-like tincture towards the finish. This is a sedate, medium-term Duhart. Tasted April 2012.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2012