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October 22, 2013

Duhart Milon Rothschild 2009

Duhart label

Duhart Milon is synonymous with Lafite Rothschild in Asia, due to the fact Lafite bought the estate in 1962, renaming it Duhart Milon Rothschild and the similarity of the labels. As such over the last 3 years their fortunes have been closely linked.  Duhart Milon Rothschild is a Fourth Growth in its own right and is found in Pauillac on the western boundary of Lafite Rothschild. Its vineyards are found on the Milon hillside, very close to the Carraudes plateau and shares similar terroir, combining gravel, sand and limestone: it is easy to understand the Rothschild’s eagerness to purchase its neighbouring Estate. As soon as they made the acquisition they painstakingly rebuilt the Estate investing heavily into it, clearing all unhealthy vines and replanting them, as such the vines today have an average age of 30 years.

In 2009 Duhart Milon is exceptional, producing a wine that has to be considered alongside the very best of the vintage, receiving 97 points from Robert Parker who stated: ’2009 may turn out to be among the greatest vintages ever in the Medoc. The 2009 appears to be the finest Duhart Milon yet made…Consumers looking to maximize value should be checking out Duhart Milon, as this may be the single smartest purchase in this great and historic vintage!’

Duhart Milon 2009 was released En Primeur at £800 a case, offering exceptional value against Carruades Lafite (the second wine of Lafite) which released at £1,200, scoring 93 points and presently trades at £1,800 per full case.  Investors were immediately rewarded with the price rising to over £1,300 by May 2011. The pullback in the market and in particular of Lafite has meant this case is now hugely undervalued for £720.

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Duhart Milon offers two persuasive points, it competes with the First and top Second Growths in the greatest vintage Bordeaux has ever produced and it can be bought below its compelling release price, nearly 50% below its peak.

Duhart Milon 2009 is a truly stunning wine and is set for price appreciation, it offers incredible value against other leading estates, a sentiment reiterated by Robert Parker: ‘Since few consumers other than Chinese billionaires can afford wines such as Lafite Rothschild, perhaps it is time for readers to take a look at Duhart Milon, which sells for less than Lafite’s second wine.’ Jancis Robinson agrees stating in here good value wines report: ‘Ch Duhart-Milon 2009 Pauillac £90 (From the same stable as Ch Lafite, this may cost about £90 a bottle…much better than stablemate Carruades at three times the price.)’

We have sourced a small parcel of full and half cases, this wine is not to be missed for cellaring and enjoying over the next 20 to 30 years:  It displays supreme ripeness of tannin and succulent black fruits, with a penetrating nose of liquorice, lead, pencil shavings, toast, brioche and cigar box.

It ticks all the boxes in terms of an investment reiterated in August by Bloomberg 

  • Scoring 97 points places it on par with Ch. Palmer (£2,100) and Ch. La Fleur Petrus 2009 (£1,700)
  • It is half the price of the 93 scoring Ch. Carruades Lafite, and nearly 1/10 of the price of the 99+ scoring Lafite Rothschild, which trades today at £7,300
  • Released at £800 three years ago and trading as high as £1,300, it is now cheaper than its converted En Primeur release price
  • Duhart Milon Rothschild 2000 scored 90 points and is more expensive at £760 per full case
  • Critics agree on its quality scoring, 97 from Parker, 95 from James Suckling and 17.5 from Jancis Robinson
  • Parker remarked the wine to 97 points in March 2013, up from his initial 94-96 points

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