Château Malmaison – 2010
Chateau Malmaison, in the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation, is one of the oldest estates in the Medoc. Grapes have been grown here, thanks to a handful of different owners and a sizeable religious community, since the Middle Ages. This property, which adjoins Chateau Clarke, was purchased by Baron de Rothschild in 1978. Thanks to his impetus, the vineyard was restored to its former glory. He named the wine after his spouse, the elegant Baroness Nadine de Rothschild, who is also passionate about gardening. The vineyard now covers 33 hectares (81.54 acres) of clay limestone soil, which is ideal for Merlot, the predominant grape variety. Chateau Malmaison allies delicacy, suppleness and elegance with a rich and fruity bouquet.
- Appellation: Moulis-en-Médoc
- Composition: 80% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Size: 33 ha (81.54 acres)
- Vine Age: 30 years
- Soil: Limestone and clay with some gravelly plots
- Density: 6,600 vines/ha
- Training: Natural grass cover, double Guyot
- Harvest Date(s): Merlot from October 4-15; Cabernet Sauvignon from October 19-20
- Fermentation: Cold maceration, vinification in stainless steel tanks. Automatic thermorégulation system. Micro-oxygenation in tank. Malo-lactic fermentation in new French oak barrels
- Aging: 16 months, 30% in new barrels, 70% in second fill barrels
- Alcohol: 14%
The wine produced by Malmaison allies delicacy, suppleness and elegance with a rich and fruity bouquet. Since 1997, the Baroness Nadine de Rothschild has continued the proud tradition of the estate in accord with the wishes of her husband.