2005 de Malle, Sauternes (375ml)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Château de Malle has a pleasing, harmonious, botrytis-rich bouquet with fine delineation: honeysuckle, minerals and orange-blossom gently floating from the glass. The palate is very well balanced with tensile citrus fruit that marries beautifully with the clear honey, mandarin and citrus notes. There is a compelling build to this wine in the mouth. (NM)
Green apple, toffee and lemon tart aromas open to a full body. Very sweet, with caramel, cooked apple and light vanilla flavors. Long and flavorful. Dense and sweet.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full yellow. Aromas of peach, flowers and marzipan. Dense on entry, then sweet and concentrated in the middle, with a slightly aggressive note of reduction showing today. In an awkward stage, but this boasts strong sappy, spicy material. Like a couple of these '05s, this seems youthfully musclebound in the early going.
Charming Sauternes with tropical fruit and a nutty characteristic. An elegant example of Sauternes. Delicious wine from de Malle, which is one of the most interesting stops in Sauternes. The chateau (formerly owned by the proprietors of Yquem) goes back to the 17th century (it was built by Jacques de Malle) and it is the only listed historic monument in Sauternes.