2015 Malescasse, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1254330 92 points James Suckling

 Ripe dark plum fruits and baking spices in a cedary frame with background leafy complexity. This leads to a quite plush palate that delivers sinewy tannin with cassis and blackberry flavors to close. Try from 2020.  (2/2018)

92 points Vinous

 One of the real sleepers of 2015, the Malescasse has turned out beautifully. Sumptuous, dark and brooding in its beauty, the 2015 is bursting at the seams with intensity. Crème de cassis, lavender, licorice and menthol are some of the many aromas and flavors that build in this exceptionally beautiful, vivid Haut-Médoc. The blend is 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The 2015 is a brilliant effort from Malescasse and consulting winemakers Frédéric Massie and Hannah Fiegenschuh. (AG)  (2/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This estate, based in the Gironde port village of Lamarque, has produced a richly textured, chocolate and bitter-cocoa-flavored wine. That is only a problem at the moment, because ripe black-currant fruits are developing under the structure to give density, concentration and a serious wine as it ages. Drink from 2021. (RV)  (4/2018)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 One of the most successful Cru Bourgeois I was able to taste is the 2015 Château Malescasse which comes from an estate located between Margaux and Saint-Julien. A rough blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, this beauty boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as loads of ripe dark fruits, chocolate, bay leaf and exotic spices. Medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, with ripe tannin and the upfront, sexy charm of the 2015 vintage, give bottles a couple years in the cellar and enjoy through 2027.  (11/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Malescasse felt broody and saturnine on the nose, mulch-like aromas percolating through the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, quite austere in style and old-fashioned but it pulls it off well. Don’t approach if you want bags of fruit, but personally I adore the pencil shaving finish and its old school sensibility. (NM)  (10/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 46% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot. Deep, dark crimson with a glow. Inkiness and freshness on the nose. A very strong statement -- really quite luscious. Should deliver oodles of pleasure. *Very Good Value* (JR)  (10/2017)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2016 | Send Email
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An all-time favorite of K&L. Almost every vintage is good here-especially since 2000. This is their best to date, but do not believe me-just ask our friend James Suckling. I think he is a 94 on it. Tastes great now and will so for many years to come.
Drink from 2018 to 2028

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