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2020 Duhart-Milon Rothschild

By Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild

2020 Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

In the famed Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux, the 2020 vintage of Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild stood testament to the resilience and depth that this eminent vineyard can offer under exacting circumstances. The year was typified by climatic paradoxes, the vines facing challenges that brought forth a complexity mirrored only by the meticulous craftsmanship at the Chateau.

 

An Oenophile's Delight: The Conception of a Unique Vintage

The 2020 vintage arrived on the heels of an unseasonably warm winter and a particularly rainy spring, culminating in reduced yields but highly concentrated grapes. This smaller yet potent harvest has translated boldly into the glass. In particular, the 2020 Duhart-Milon Rothschild beholds an incredibly refined array of blackcurrant and pencil lead aromas—signatures of true Pauillac expression—that are interwoven with hints of tobacco leaf and a subtle spiciness. As with great Bordeaux, tannin management is key, and here we see them finely grained and well-integrated even in such relative youth.

 

Investment Worthiness: A Bordeaux Jewel

When aligning one's sights on wine investment, consideration of vintage peculiarities is as crucial as pedigree. The 2020 vintage of this storied estate demonstrates robust potential for cellaring, promising to evolve splendidly over time. Its impressive structure and balance suggest that it will eventually unfurl into an exemplar of Pauillac majesty that collectors would wisely covet.

For those vested in expanding their fine wine portfolios, including the 2020 Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild marks a pursuit both of distinguished provenance and promising appreciation. This offering stands out within an opulent lineage yet punctuates its own chapter with notable distinction, making it alluringly investable.

Whether savoured now or left to define its narrative within the quiet evolution of a cellar’s embrace, this wine conveys not only a taste of its extraordinary vintage but also embodies the timeless ritual of Bordeaux excellence—a relentless pursuit that Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild so majestically upholds.

Current market price

$901.42

12x75cl

Highest score

92

POP score

45

Scores and tasting notes

91-93

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 Duhart-Milon comes skipping out of the glass with vibrant notes of crushed black cherries, black raspberries and plum preserves, plus an exotic spice undercurrent of cumin seed, star anise and cardamom, with an earthy touch of black truffles. The medium-bodied palate delivers mouth-coating, juicy black fruits with a plush texture and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. The blend this year is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot, with the alcohol coming in at 13.1%.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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