by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $64.94 (JJB reg. $69.94)
"I’ve always written that if you can’t afford Lafite Rothschild, why not try Duhart Milon, which is not far off the quality of its much more famous neighbor." - Robert Parker
Today we’ve got 2014 Duhart Milon, “a dead ringer for Lafite in a great vintage” per Robert Parker, at the best price around.
Neighboring and owned by Lafite, Duhart-Milon benefits from the first growth mentality of its owners. Per Parker, “the Rothschilds have invested heavily in resurrecting this property to near super-star status.”
Despite its pedigree, however, its pricing remains very fair – modest, almost. Where Lafite and its second wine, Carruades de Lafite, head for the pricing stratosphere, Duhart-Milon can often be acquired at a considerable discount to either. Our price makes this is a serious alternative to its more celebrated stablemates. You’ll pay more than double for Carruades 2014, and many multiples over for Lafite itself. Little wonder that Parker calls this a “shrewd Pauillac lover’s delight.”
Duhart-Milon’s vineyard lies directly east of Lafite’s, which puts it within spitting distance of other heavy hitters like Clerc Milon, d’Armailhac, Pontet Canet and, of course, Mouton Rothschild. Its location was particularly fortuitous in 2014, a good year for the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. Says Neal Martin of Cabernet in 2014, “the more in your vineyard, the better chance you had of making a great wine. And nowhere does Cabernet dominate and flourish as in Pauillac.”
It’s not quite Lafite, but it’s seriously not far off. Duhart-Milon has a structure and style that is all its own. There’s a lot of charm and a lot of life in this one, so cellaring a case or two now will look like a seriously smart move in five or ten years’ time, especially when you know that you’ve got it for a terrific price. Cheers!