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March 12, 2010

Chateau de Malleret, Bordeaux, France

Château de Malleret 2003
Cru Bourgeois Superieur
AOC Haut Médoc, Bordeaux, France
ca. 20 € (airport Stuttgart, Frankfurt ?)

Intense, ruby towards garnet colour. Developed and rather intense nose: very nice cedar tones and ripen red fruit, prunes, hints of tobacco. On the palate cherry and plums in wonderful harmony with a good acidity and velvety tannins. Medium bodied. Elegant. Long harmonious finish. 13% abv. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot.

I am not a Bordeaux nerd and well aware of the fact that there are many great wines out there for much higher prices... So we are not going Bordeaux-ing here - what I am doing is putting this on my own personal list with all other wines tasted since december:

God this was nice! After the fruitdriven, bolder and younger wines of the last days, this was very much appreciated. The aromas of developed tones, combined with the wine's elegance, it's balance... puts things into perspective again. I would wish for every non-wine-connoisseur to just give such a wine a try sometime - just to get a different experience to all the 'modern' wines.

But, I know, Bordeaux is a difficult topic, normally we like to leave it to the wine-snobbs. It is so much easier to identify ourselves with the more modern, hands-on, grape-variety-naming wine world.

Still! I say: go for it! Give it a chance! Go see, if your tastebuds detect any difference.

This wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months, which can make some wines very tannin-pronounced, depending on the style the winemaker is wanting to achieve. However, this one was very gentle and soft. Which also has to do with the fact that it had been maturing on the bottle for some years, after coming out of the barrels and before released on the market.

It is an excellent partner for steaks and stews. Typically, people will recommend it to cheese - well, not every cheese in that case. (Cheese is very often better off with white wines.)
We had it with some nice entrecote and oven-baked veggies. So basic. So good. Gott in Frankreich, as we say in Germany...

Château de Malleret is situated on the left bank of the Gironde, in the Haut-Medoc area, where some of the world's most expensive wines come from and where red wines are made exclusively.

It has some 54 hectares under vines, which have an average age of 35 years. Go visit the homepage, but don't get scared by the music, which to me is too powerful with regards to the elegant wine...

The classification 'Cru Bourgeois Superieur'. I am going to explain in a separate post, together with the other Bordeaux classifications. Only so much now: The word goes back to the 12th Century, when the Bourgeois, the middle-class, first appeared in Bordeaux. They were the merchants under British time, earning lots of money and thus able to purchase good lots of land, which they were allowed to keep even when the French took the area back over again. They counted 444 in 1932 and were down to 94 after the war (from the official homepage). But, we are talking about France, so of course there is some fighting included before the whole picture can be explained. Let's get back to this soon...

1 comment:

  1. I am looking forward to your posting on the Bordeaux classification.