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1982 Duhart-Milon Rothschild

By Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild

1982 Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

A sterling paragon of Pauillac grace, the 1982 Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild remains an astonishingly regal and remarkably astute choice for both the fervent connoisseur and the perspicacious investor. It sits as a monument to a vintage that has been heralded as one of the most extraordinary in the annals of Bordeaux winemaking.

 

Investment and Indulgence: Acompelling Case

Prowess in vintage selection is paramount to assembling a diverse and profitable portfolio. The acquisition of esteemed vintages like the 1982 Duhart-Milon Rothschild embodies this principle, offering robust investment potential paired with the profound pleasure of the tasting experience.

 

An Emblematic Vintage

One cannot broach discussing this eminent year without acknowledging the climatic serendipity that blessed Bordeaux. The region basked in optimal conditions: a mild winter followed by a brisk spring set the stage for a summer that was ardently warm yet forgiving in its benevolence. This perfection continued well into an autumn that graced vineyards with cool nights—imbuing grapes with balance and depth.

The consequence conferring such profound respect upon the 1982 vintage, especially that of Duhart-Milon Rothschild, is the consummate structure and depth achieved. With four decades in bottle, this wine now shows an age-defined elegance; entwining matured tannins with silky textures that exhibit dark berry fruits, truffles and hints of cedar. Tobacco and graphite contours provide an intriguing complexity emblematic of Pauillac sophistication.

In its current state, the 1982 Duhart-Milon Rothschild reaches its crescendo—a magnificent orchestration of primary potency mellowed by time's gentle hand. As it unfolds in the glass, it affords an intellectual venture as much as a sensory indulgence: every sip is a study of pedigree and the storied terroirs of Pauillac.

To encounter this particular vintage is to engage with one of Bordeaux's historic moments—the 1982 harvest—captured within the lineage of Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild's venerated creations. It is a decisive contender for diversifying one's wine investment portfolio while embracing the living history extended forth in its aged yet vivid vitality.

Current market price

$2,770.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

118.57

Scores and tasting notes

94

This blockbuster was a sleeper of the vintage long before the Rothschilds invested so heavily in modernizing this estate as well as began making a stricter selection. Close to full maturity, the 1982 Duhart Milon exhibits classic notes of creme de cassis, cedar, and flowers, medium to full body, a high level of glycerin, and a lusciousness and fleshiness that are very much in keeping with the vintage. There is a slight amount of pink at the rim, but this beauty should keep for another ten years. Release price: ($90.00/case)

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2009

91

Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy's 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. This is a delightful Duhart-Milon. It has a vivacious, mineral-rich bouquet with cedar, pencil shavings and antique bureau aromas. It is like inhaling the scent of a stately home as you walk through it on a Sunday afternoon. The palate is encased by fine tannins that translate the quality of the terroir. There is more leafiness than I recall on previous bottles but it retains superb focus and has the ideal dryness on the finish to encourage you to take another sip. There is good backbone and solidity to this Duhart-Milon and it should drink well over the next decade. Tasted November 2012.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2013

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