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Chateau Malescasse - Malescasse 2010


  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Bordeaux
  • Wine Area: Haut-Medoc
  • Grape Percentage: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.80
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: 2015-2023
En Primeur
Bin End Limited Stock: (3 btls)
JR: 16 (2010) WS: 89 to 92 (2010) D: 15.5 (2010) NM: 89 to 91 (2010)

Wine tasting notes

A red wine with an intense colour which shows good extraction. In its aroma, the framework is strong yet still reserved. Hints of wild black fruits and pepper are the most dominant, with a grand finale full of aromas of liquorice and pepper which give the wine a certain masculinity. On the palate, the attack is smooth and rather attractive, but soon the wine changes and its structure becomes harsher as a result of the tannins, which should soften with ageing. The impetuosity of wine today needs to temporise. Definitely a wine to keep.

Expert Reviews (2010)16 pts

Slightly raw purple colour. Medium ripeness and some savoury yeast extract notes on the nose. Very fragrant in relatively lean mode. Very sweet start and pretty lightweight. Not trying too hard but perfectly serviceable. Very clean, brisk finish. A second sample had much more density and pretty much sang with delight at this vintage.

Wine Spectator (2010)89 to 92 pts

This solid red offers mouthfilling tobacco, plum and blackberry notes, with nicely integrated toast on the juicy finish. ?J.M.

Decanter (2010)15.5 pts

Good depth of quite robust fruit, broad in style, more weight than finesse. Drink 2014-19.

Neal Martin (2010)89 to 91 pts

Neal Martin 89-91pts: Tasted at Gruaud Larose, this has a slightly disjointed nose at the moment. Blackberry, boysenberry and some lovely figgy accents, though I would like to see more delineation. The palate has firm, bold tannins on the entry, toasty black fruit, great purity and refinement towards the finish. A second sample at the UGC was showing just a little more greenness than I was expecting on the nose, although the palate is still very fine.

Vinification Notes

The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and the wine is then matured in oak barriques (25% new) for 14 months. These are medium-bodied, well-structured, fruit-driven clarets that show at their best with around 5 years of bottle age.