2004 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1140132 Decanter

 Lean but pure blackcurrant nose with attractive touch of mint. Ripe tannins, discreet, fine acidity, balanced and graceful.  (10/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 Very dark. Quite dramatic. Sweet and rich - I would have guessed 2003 blind. Very sweet and could be very satisfying up in the air (written at a BA tasting). A little lacking in freshness on the ground but good for flying. A bit overripe on the nose and very slightly bretty? Sweet cassis gums and cuts off a little at the end.  (1/2009)

Wine Spectator

 Shows currant and hints of dried flowers on the nose. Medium-bodied, with velvety tannins and a medium finish. Slightly hollow midpalate, but clean.  (3/2007)

K&L Notes

This wine is flat-out delicious. Enjoy right now with a juicy hamburger. (Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L Staff Member)

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By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2015 | Send Email
An historic property ideally situated on gravel soils close to the Gironde River just north of Margaux. The 2004 Chateau Malescasse, Haut-Medoc retains a youthful, purple hue shading to brick red at the rim. Little of any aged character yet on the nose or palate, but you do get beautifully integrated oak with a light toast and hints of vanilla. Plenty of ripe, sweet fruit here. Round and smooth in the mouth with admirable weight and fine tannins. Opened up considerably and showed true character with about an hour in the decanter. A superb value at less than $20.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2015 | Send Email
I must admit that property can sometimes be a little too "rustic" for my tastes...but this 2004 is showing beautifully right now. Very traditional, elegant, supple, creamy fruit texture, nice development, silky tannins and well-integrated acidity. A excellent value given the wine's age, and lovely secondary qualities. Clyde picked a sleeper here.
Top Value!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/5/2015 | Send Email
Why pay $50 for a California Cabernet that has been "engineered" to drink well young when you can spend less than half that for a Bordeaux that has the age it needs to drink now? I just bought a case of this 2004 Malescasse and will start enjoying it right now! This is medium to full bodied, dark cassis fruit driven, richer Cab based Bordeaux that is a perfect partner for your next steak dinner!
Drink from 2015 to 2024

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2015 | Send Email
This wine is flat-out delicious. Enjoy right now with a juicy hamburger.- Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L). Sold out once before in two weeks.
Drink from 2015 to 2017

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