Château Duhart-Milon 1998

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that the latest season of CSI Miami is getting totally preposterous?  David Caruso as Lieutenant Horatio Caine was, after all, one of the coolest police officers on TV.  But the other night, with less than four minutes until a bomb destroyed a car in his compound, he calmly sat in it, then drove it down a 40 mile freeway, across two bridges, through a set of traffic lights, past numerous residences and deposited it on a beach (thankfully free of sunbathers) and coolly walked away from the car as it exploded in the background.  Puh-lease!  I’m going to stick to the vintage episodes when, for me, Caine was the perfect successor to the dysfunctional Las Vegas based Grissom, who himself was getting a bit preposterous.

Whilst on the topic of vintages, I found occasion to open a bottle I’ve been keeping for a few years.

Ch. Duhart-Milon and a bowl of salted peanuts…for some reason.

I think I bought this from the Sunday Times Wine Club for about £25 to £30 and have been sitting on it.  Duhart-Milon is next to Lafite in Pauillac and was purchased by the Rothschilds in 1962.  The Wine Doctor has a good article on the “Château” here.

If you read Parker on this wine he says fruitcake, cedar spice box, plum, black raspberry and currant scented bouquet – most bases covered then!

I got a smoky nose with treacle toffee.  Flavours of cardamom, barbecued woodchips and dark fruits and a nice long complex finish made it just about worth the money.  Very nice to drink on its own, or with food.

Sadly it was my last bottle and whilst it looks like I picked it up at a fairly sensible price (Everywine have it listed at £421.15 per case – about £35 per bottle), my current wine budget focuses, by necessity, more on value so perhaps I’ll pass this time.  Back to CSI Miami then…come on Horatio, whack that drug dealing murderer out of town!

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