2001 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1110844 Wine Spectator

 Attractive plum, berry and vanilla character follows through to a full-bodied palate, with soft, silky tannins and a long finish. Always very good quality for the money. Best after 2006.  (3/2004)

K&L Notes

Ralph and I love the 2001 vintage Bordeaux because the wines just taste great, and they have tasted great since 2007. They are elegant and fruit driven, with no hard edges. This wine is one of those value Bordeaux for parties and everyday drinking. Red fruits abound. Serve with a nice hamburger from the barbecue. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer and co-owner)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2019 | Send Email
This screaming value is one of the riper and sweeter wines I have tasted from this very good vintage. This is earthy and plumy with oodles of dark, husky fruit in the deep middle and good freshness and impeccable balance throughout. Great depth of fruit and a tannin free finish are the hallmark of this delicious bargain. Yet another over achieving value from 2001.

By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2014 | Send Email
An incredible value! This is inky and opaque with just a touch of bretty funk that adds earthiness without being overwhelming. On the palate there's bay laurel to balance the tart cranberry fruit, nice lift and just a scoche of tannin.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2014 | Send Email
Perfectly aged and drinking beautifully. Cassis, smoky coffee, and more developed notes of woodsy forest floor, and leather. Well integrated tannins. I really like its well-balanced subtlety and structure. A classic.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2014 | Send Email
If you like traditional, earthy, savory Bordeaux that won't cost you an arm and a leg, then this is the bottle for you--and it's a damn good one. If you want the fruit and the oak, then maybe try something younger. This is classic claret for a hot price, with a soft, integrated core of tannins that spreads out nicely over the palate.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2014 | Send Email
I love my claret, and I am so pleased that I can have it often with fine values like this 2001 Malescasse. This quite nice vintage has been over looked by the critics has had the time to develop a real bouquet and the seamless texture that mature claret is famous for. I love the expressive leather and earth nose and the fully integrated black currant and oak flavors in this Haut Medoc. The long mineral finish had much more to offer than one should expect from a wine so reasonably priced. This is not a big wine, but it is a very well balanced one for your next steak dinner!
Drink from 2014 to 2021

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2013 | Send Email
This wine is superbly elegant like many of the 2001 Bordeaux. Sweet with no hard edges. A must try.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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Alcohol Content (%): 13