Château-Malescasse Haut-Medoc Bordeaux 2009
SKU WT 10022-09
Located in Lamarque, between Margaux and Saint-Julien, the Château Malescasse was built in 1824. Like a good many prestigious estates, its fortunes varied over the years. In 1970 a major figure in the Médoc acquired the property: Guy Tesseron, originally from Cognac, was already in charge of two fine crus, Lafon-Rochet in Saint-Estèphe and Pontet-Canet in Pauillac. Working with his son Alfred, he made a commitment to restoring the buildings and, above all, replanting the vines. By 1992 Château Malescasse was restored to its original size of 40 hectares of vines. In 2012, the estate was purchased by Philippe Austruy, owner of the Commanderie de Peyrassol, one of the jewels of Provence, which he has brilliantly restored to its former glory. In the space of 3 years the wine storehouse was entirely renovated, the vineyard comprehensively restructured and the stunning manor house was renovated and even regained its original tiled roof. Today, Château Malescasse is one of the domaines which set the standard for Haut-Médoc.
Sitting in a direct line with Margaux to the south and Saint-Julien to the north, Lamarque stands at the highest point of the Médoc, some 30 metres above sea level. The 40 hectares of vineyards of the Château Malescasse sit on the crest of these famous gravelly, softly rolling hills. Composed of varying proportions of sand, gravel and clay in layers of varying depth, they cover the limestone bedrock and hold the key to the great wines of the left bank. It is these poor, well-drained soils, combined with the mild oceanic climate, which bring out the best in the great Médoc varieties.
With 44% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 3% Cabernet-Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, this vintage was given 72 hours of cold maceration prior to fermentation, and was then fermented for 3 weeks with regular racking. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in casks of which 35% were new wood, the wine then being aged for 12 months on fine lees.
Garnet in colour with a hint of amber, the 2009 has a nose of great aromatic complexity: Well-ripened red and black fruits blend harmoniously with aromas of cocoa beans, truffle and liquorice. The deep, flavourful palate floats on a swirl of soft, dense, rounded tannins. Full-bodied, smooth, generous and with great length, it will retain its ability to please for several years. Serve with rack of lamb, game or grilled beef.
Wine EnthusiastThis rich wine is approaching maturity. Secondary animal aromas, dried fruit and richness are showing well, allowing this ripe wine to shine. The warm 2009 vintage comes out in the density and the dusty tannins. This is ready to drink.
Wine SpectatorSoft, with modest mulled plum and cherry fruit laced with a light earthy note. Gentle finish. The better of two bottles tasted. Drink now through 2013.