2009 Malmaison, Moulis-en-Médoc

SKU #1090643 Wine Spectator

 This has a good sappy feel, with kirsch and cherry preserves flavors laced with a pepper note and a lively tobacco streak. Shows a stony edge on the finish. Drink now through 2015.  (5/ 2012)

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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.

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By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/26/2014  | Send Email
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This 24 acres property was one of the oldest winery in Medoc (dated back to the middle age). They were restored by the famous Ch. Lafite Rothschild. They now produces some of the finest value Bordeaux blend, very limited amount is ever imported to the U.S. The 2009 is their best showing by far. Malmaison uses a higher percentage of Merlot in their blend so the wine is much more approachable and be enjoy at a younger age. This is one of the best value for 2009 Bordeaux and we don't have much more in stock. I recommend trying a bottle now!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2024

By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/23/2014  | Send Email
This was once an abandoned property, renovated and replanted by the Rothschild family over 35 years ago, which means their vines are now mature. This is from a terrific vintage, and shows it. It has both spice and balance, with rich fruit and very nice length for this price range. It is going to be in my Tuesday night mix for the next couple of years. Bravo!
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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/29/2012  | Send Email
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I don’t think that I have experienced such an incredibly wonderful vintage as I have with the 2009’s, not since the 1990 productions were released. Although the alcohols are the highest that I have ever seen in Bordeaux, particularly those productions from the Right Bank (Merlot got too ripe), there is so much fruit and structure in these reds, it hides that level of heat. Even the lesser “growth” chateaux are outstanding, and they will not need as much aging. More importantly, they do not cost as much as the Grand Cru and Premier Cru level wines. The 2009 Malmaison is a perfect example to what I am referring. Medium deep ruby in color, the nose offers a cassis to blackberry core of fruit that carries over to its ever expansive palate impression. This Gem is nicely integrated, well balanced, rich with fruit that is framed by a toasty, cedary tone, and finishes with a long, fairly complex set of flavors. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for the next three to five years. (Jim Barr) 13.5% ABV
Drink from 2012 to 2018

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