Situated in-between the legendary Rothschild estates of Lafite and Mouton, Château Haut-Milon is understandably overshadowed. It does, however, mean that this wine represents something very rare in Pauillac: value for money.
That's not to say that you're getting a poor quality wine; far from it. From a solid if not outstanding 2008 vintage, the Ch Haut-Milon displays everything Claret fans love about the style, and then some. A limpid ruby colour in glass, the wine reveals layers of fragrant blackcurrant and cedar on the nose, which follow through on the palate. The wine is well-balanced, almost dainty and light, with its slightly green, stalky tannins adding interest. A classic Pauillac that's drinking well now, and which will certainly provide enjoyment with future evolution.
Tom's Rating: A classic, understated wine from a region where low prices are rare. Will age comfortably too
Available at: Majestic Wine, £15-£20