"A dead ringer for Lafite in a great vintage" - 2010 Château Duhart-Milon
2010 is one of the greatest vintages ever made but, thanks to a number of factors, prices are currently lagging behind those of other vintages of equivalent quality.
Historically, Duhart-Milon was an unassuming Fourth Growth château that, according to Robert Parker, produced “generally very good and occasionally outstanding” wines at a fairly modest price tag. However, from the 2003 vintage onwards, the quality of the wine really started to improve, as evidenced by the marked increase in Parker points – an average rating of 91.9 points in the 2000s compared to just 87.4 points in the 1990s. Parker notes that, in recent years, it has “become a profound wine…due to the extensive amount of attention and investment the Rothschilds have pumped into this estate”.
A case in point is the 2010 which, with 96 points from Parker, is this Château’s second highest-scoring vintage (one point behind the 2009) but it can be bought significantly cheaper than the more famous (but lower-rated) vintages of 2000 (£1,025) and 1990 (£900). In time, the 2010 may well come to eclipse both of those vintages in terms of reputation and perhaps even price. Given that 2010 Duhart-Milon was released at £1,250 per dozen in bond, to be able to buy it 37% cheaper five years on represents a fantastic opportunity.
This is a wine that has been very impressive from the get-go and arguably better than Carruades de Lafite 2010 which will cost you nearly three times the price. Robert Parker describes 2010 Duhart Milon as “fabulous, a dead ringer for Lafite in a great vintage”! He adds that “it is probably better than many of the Lafites of the 1960s and 1970s, and even some of the vintages in the 1980s”.
If that isn’t a reason to buy this wine, we don’t know what is.
2010 Château Duhart-Milon
|Bordeaux||2010||Duhart Milon Rothschild||BT||36||0||780.00||cs|
|All prices exclude UK duty & VAT and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.|
Dense purple, with classic notes of cedar and lead pencil shavings as well as gobs of black currants and licorice, the wine has a full-bodied mouthfeel with fabulous precision and density. It also possesses a long, silky finish with moderately high tannins, but they are ripe and well-integrated. The wood is clearly pushed to the background in this dense, full-bodied Pauillac, which should drink beautifully for 30+ years. If you can't afford Lafite-Rothschild (few can)or even their second wine, Carruades de Lafite, you still have Duhart Milon, which has become a profound wine over the last 5-7 years due to the extensive amount of attention and investment the Rothschilds have pumped into this estate. This blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot is fabulous, a dead ringer for Lafite in a great vintage. (It is probably better than many of the Lafites of the 1960s and 1970s, and even some of the vintages in the 1980s.) Drink 2013 - 2043.