2013 Duhart-Milon Rothschild
By Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild
2013 Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux
The Pauillac appellation's narrative is one of remarkable consistency and the 2013 vintages have been a testament to that, despite a backdrop of challenging climatic conditions. In the 2013 Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild, there lies an emblem of resilience and an opus to the meticulous vineyard stewardship this renowned estate is acclaimed for.
Craftsmanship in a Complicated Year
It is well understood amongst connoisseurs that the 2013 Bordeaux vintage was not without its vexations; a cool spring and untimely rain required the utmost diligence. However, Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild met these adversaries with remarkable equanimity, culminating in a blend that speaks of their commitment to excellence even in less than idyllic vintages.
One uncovers within the 2013 Duhart-Milon Rothschild an orchestral complexity. It's a subtly structured pièce de résistance, boasting an aromatic profile that weaves dark fruits with undercurrents of cedar and tobacco – alluding to its Pauillac roots while articulating an identity unique to the tribulations and triumphs of this particular annum.
As investment-grade wines are sought, those with a narrative beyond labels and lineage often captivate. True investors of fine wine will recognise not just value but the intrinsic charm in owning a part of this storied vintage. The 2013 Duhart-Milon Rothschild stands as one of these laudable selections: a collector’s piece embodying both a legacy and the singular narrative of its year.
In conclusion, I find the 2013 Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild to be a resolute display of winemaking finesse. It’s a vintage that does not shy away from its identity and represents an astute addition for any investor seeking depth in their portfolio – embodying both the pedigree of Pauillac and the tenacity of its year.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2013 Duhart-Milon-Rothschild, a blend of 20% Merlot and 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, has a simple bouquet for Duhart, though one that is not unpleasurable with muted scents of red plum and boysenberry fruit. Perhaps what the challenging growing season did was denude this Pauillac of terroir expression since I found little of that trademark pencil lead aroma. The palate is medium-bodied and quite rounded in the mouth, slightly lower in acidity than I was expecting, but cohesive with black fruit tinged with cedar and leather. It is a forward Duhart-Milon with moderate depth but decent length. It might be the earliest drinking and most approachable Duhart that I have encountered, but it still has drinking pleasure to offer.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 October 2016
This charming blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot reveals plenty of red and black currant fruit, a clean, pure mouthfeel, modest body and undeniable finesse as well as elegance. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years.
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #214 Aug 2014