2005 Malmaison, Moulis
Very dark purple in color, showing aromas of mineral, dark chocolate and licorice. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a fresh, clean finish. Layered and pretty. Very, very balanced. Close to the excellent 2000. Best after 2012.
80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Excellent richness on the palate. Fine breed and very good length on the palate. Will be a sleeper of the vintage. Buy it. *1/2 (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer) Not to be confused with the Napoleonic museum (Château de Malmaison) located just west of Paris, the 24 hectare Château Malmaison in Moulis, Gironde, was purchased by the Rothschilds in 1973 and lies adjacent to Château Clarke. The abandoned vineyard was renovated between 1974 and 1978, its soils now yielding distinctive and harmonious wines that are mellow, fruity and expressive on the nose. From top vintages like 2005, this is best aged 5-7 years and enjoyed over the course of a decade.