2007 Malescasse, Haut-Medoc

SKU #1268749 Jancis Robinson

 Already a bit of evolution on the nose! Sweet, Earl Grey tea character. Mild and with sufficient gentle fruit on the mid palate though pretty chewy on the finish. Pretty low key. 16/20  (4/2008)

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Château Malescasse is an historic property ideally situated on gravel soils close to the Gironde River just north of Margaux. While it is true that 2007 will never have the power or authority of the finest vintages of the decade, the best wines display a remarkable ripeness and an admirable richness of texture. These are medium to full-bodied reds with soft tannins that will make great near to medium-term drinking. They are priced appropriately and many, like this 2007 Malescasse, offer exceptional value.

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2018 | Send Email
This is a classic K&L find for Bordeaux--an under rated vintage from a larger appellation which is drinking far above its modest price point. If you're looking for a great weeknight claret that is ready to drink now, you should absolutely try the 2007 Malescasse.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2018 | Send Email
The nose on this is amazing! Roses, black cherry, tobacco and minerals with nice aged savory elements. The fruit is fresh on the palate, with enough acid and restraint to make it the perfect food claret. This is THE deal in sub $20 claret at the moment.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2017 | Send Email
This wine is a beauty. The garnet color with some lighter tinges tells us this wine is developing nicely, and very much ready to drink. It has an appealing, sweet fruit note on the nose, but is enveloped by even more enticing woodsy, cocoa and violet notes. It has a medium body, with present but caressing tannins. Above all it is a fresh and classic Bordeaux for the table. I don’t usually talk about the prices, as I find it is up to the consumer to decide if it is a good value, but in this case I have to point out that this is a great opportunity to buy, and buy by the case.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
The 2007 is a softer, more forward version of the 2009. There is a lovely floral lift to the nose. Good ripeness was achieved here. There is plenty of bright, sweet black fruit on the palate and surprising weight and richness. Offered at a significant price reduction to the ’09, this is a superb example of an affordable, everyday red.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2016 | Send Email
I love the nose on this wine – singing with raw, wild honey and dark coffee, but it’s the palate that really shows off the cooler 2007 vintage with dark berry fruit, hints of violet, and a structure that’s more linear than lush. Medium tannins show up at the finish but subtly grip without being overbearing. Château Malescasse is a delicious and surprisingly complex Bordeaux, especially given the stellar price.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2016 | Send Email
Here is an amazing bargain approaching 10 years of age and priced to buy by the case. This is very expressive with effusive aromas and flavors of raspberry and rhubarb fruit along with cedar chest and cigar box. Bargain hunters need to taste this crisp, fruity and very complex beauty.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2016 | Send Email
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A perfect score for value Bordeaux to enjoy tonight. This overachieving property makes great wines most any year and 2007 is no exception. I love 2007 Bordeaux-much like 1997 with 10 more years of winemaking expertise. This wine has some violets on the nose and palate. Perfumey and toasty aromas lead to the palate. Some licorice too. 53% Cab and 37% Merlot with some PV and Cab Franc thrown in.
Drink from 2015 to 2020

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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 Médoc 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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