2009 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1158456 Jancis Robinson

 Warm, spicy and sweetly oaky. Ripe damsons on the mid palate. Very nice harmony of fruit and structure, and just fresh enough.  (10/ 2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Complex nose features delicate, almost Margaux-like aromas of cassis, fresh tomato, clove, damp earth and dried underbrush. Then smooth and sweet on the palate and weightier than the nose suggests, with a velvety texture to the cassis and blackberry flavors. Very fine tannins and a saline nuance add interest on the moderately long finish. A very good wine that owing to its ripe fruit flavors is easier to identify blind as a product of the '09 vintage than as an Haut-Medoc.  (6/ 2010)

Wine Spectator

 Soft, with modest mulled plum and cherry fruit laced with a light earthy note. Gentle finish. (Web-2012)

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/23/2014  | Send Email
Very much a 2009. And that’s a very good thing in Bordeaux. Deeply colored, and rich with loads of cassis and blackberry fruit, along with coffee, cocoa and earthy notes. It definitely has structure, and the tannins are well present, which makes this wine ideal for aging. It also can be drunk now due to its fullness of fruit, but I would decant it. Excellent wine.

By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/4/2014  | Send Email
Solid wine, savory nose, blueberries, and cocoa, with a hint of graham crackers. Not an ideal pairing, but certainly an inspiration for a dessert after a BBQ that this wine will undoubtedly go well with.

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