Château Malmaison
(by Edmond de Rothschild)

Bordeaux, France

Château Malmaison – 2015

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  • Introduction

    • 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.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Moulis-en-Médoc
    • Cultivation: Natural grass cover, double Guyot
    • 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: 7,000 vines/ha
  • Vintage Report

    • 2015 began with a very dry season that put the vines into hydric stress, stopping the veraison. Some rainfall in early August allowed the ripening process to carry on until harvest. September and October were rather sunny and dry, ideal for the grapes to reach their expected maturity.

    • Harvest Date(s): Merlot from September 21 to October 4; Cabernet Sauvignon from September 26 and 27
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: The grapes are put into vats via gravity flow, followed by cold soaking and fermentation in both oak and stainless steel tanks. Moderate extraction adapted to each vat by pumping over and delestage (rack and return).
    • Aging: 16 months, 30% in new barrels, 70% in second fill barrels
  • Technical Information

    • Alcohol: 13.0%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Deep crimson color. The nose is expressive and intense, with fresh fruit (black currant and plum) aromas, a touch of menthol, and delicate hints of oak. The wine starts out rich and full-bodied, going on to show considerable elegance and a fine balance between well-focused, velvety tannin and acidity that contributes freshness and length.

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Reviews

  • Château Malmaison Moulis-en-Medoc – 2015 – Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points

    An unusual blend for the Médoc of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this wine comes from a Rothschild vineyard next door to its Château Clarke. The wine is balanced, richly perfumed and spicy with swathes of black-currant fruit and ripe tannins. Developing slowly, the wine needs some time. Drink from 2023.

  • Chateau Malmaison Moulis-en-Medoc – 2015 – Food & Wine – 30 Bottles from Bordeaux You Should Buy Right Now

    This Baron Edmond de Rothschild property, like neighboring Chateau Clarke, has a lovely sense of muscle, with structural bones shining through at this stage of its evolution, as well as finely detailed flavors of mixed currants, black raspberries, and a distinct sense of minerality, all of it lifted on the finish with hints of sweet spice and laurel. Drink this now with air and on through 2029.

  • Château Malmaison Moulis-en-Médoc – 2015 – The Wine Advocate – 88-90 Points

    The 2015 Château Malmaison has a straightforward, red cherry and strawberry-scented bouquet with cassis developing in the glass. It comes across as a little smudged compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, crisp acidity and a pleasant salinity, the finish showing more pedigree than the aromatics at the moment. It should meliorate during élevage and evolve into a useful little Moulis.

  • Château Malmaison Moulis-en-Médoc – 2015 – James Suckling – 91 Points

    Ripe dark berries are closely intertwined with spicy fresh cedary oak, leading to a palate with a bold, fleshy core of dark-berry flavors. Fine, taut tannins. Try from 2020.

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