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2003 Duhart-Milon Rothschild

By Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild

2003 Duhart-Milon Rothschild from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The revered 2003 vintage from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild is an exquisite exemplar of the astonishing conditions found in Pauillac, Bordeaux that year. Withstanding a summer of extreme heat and drought conditions, the vines were tested, and yet, under such duress, produced grapes of profound concentration and depth.


An Auspicious Alignment of Elements

Reflecting on the 2003 vintage, an extraordinary alchemy of climatic challenges crafted a nuanced spectacle in this offering from Chateau Duhart-Milon Rothschild. The estate’s adept management of their vineyards under these scorching skies has yielded a wine that boasts an intense melange of ripe blackcurrant and cedar-box aromas with succulent tannic structure - a true testament to their winemaking prowess.


Noteworthy Vintage Nuances

This particular vintage encapsulates the essence of elevated investment potential. The 2003 Duhart-Milon Rothschild carries a majestic balance of power and finesse unique to this year's harvest. Unwrapping the velvety layers reveals a core of dark fruits interwoven with subtle hints of tobacco and spice, imparting a stately grace to the palate.

The longevity this prestigious Pauillac is poised to exhibit cannot be overstated. Still in a splendid stage of its development, investors can find both pleasure and promise in cellaring this exceptional wine—a rare jewel in any discerning investor's collection.

In sum, one can hardly overlook the 2003 Duhart-Milon Rothschild as a cornerstone for investment portfolios aimed at embracing the magnificence of Bordeaux's storied terroir. In a market rich with promising vintages, this radiant offering proves itself not merely by lineage but through the distinctive expression etched by 2003’s trademark sun on its noble grapes.

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A spectacular wine, and one that could have been bought for a song when it was released, this blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot was cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare. Strutting all of its nobility, richness and majesty in 2014, it boasts abundant notes of cedarwood, creme de cassis, licorice and a hint of lead pencil shavings. Full-bodied, rich, dense and fully mature, it is capable of lasting another 7-10 years. This beauty is a big-time sleeper of the vintage.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 27 August 2014


Spicy and gamey, but rich and wonderful on the nose. Full bodied, with round and velvety tannins and a long, sweet tobacco and ripe fruit aftertaste. Decadent and yummy right now, but needs another four or five years.

James Suckling -, March 14th 2011


Consumers should take note as this estate is clearly benefiting from increased attention from the Rothschilds. The 2003 may be the finest Duhart-Milon made ... ever! A blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot, it boasts a deep ruby/purple hue in addition to a big, sweet perfume of black fruits interwoven with roasted herbs and meat juice offered in a muscular, full-bodied style. Full-bodied, dense, and well-structured, this stunning cuvee is best consumed between 2010-2030.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #164 April 2006


Tasted at the IMW Lafite seminar in London. The 2003 Duhart Milon has a soft, slightly meaty bouquet with touches of allspice and dried blood tincturing the black, smoky fruit with its savoury side developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with savoury fruit and quite dry tannins. It is well balanced but it lacks vivacity and tension, with the finish drifting towards a light herbaceous finish. Tasted February 2012.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2012

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