2005 Malmaison, Moulis

SKU #1038310 91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2008)

K&L Notes

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.

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 By: Paul Burt |  Review Date: 5/11/2009 
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Outstanding. This may be the best Merlot blend coming out of France (The '06 is just as good.)for under $25. The dark berry fruit and the layered spice due to the wonderful cellar work make this special. This is wonderful with lamb, pork ka-bobs and grilled chicken.

Will cellar wonderfully for 2-3 years. Decant for now.
Drink from 2009 to 2015

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Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
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France

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