Château Malmaison Moulis-en-Médoc 2015 - Original Wooden Case of Six
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.” – Wine Enthusiast
The Rothschild family gave the world the First Growths Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Mouton Rothschild, so anything that carries their name is worth a closer look, especially when it comes in an original wooden case of six. Château Malmaison, a vineyard in the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation bought and restored to its former glory by Baron Edmond de Rothschild in 1978, is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc. Edmond loved the property so much, he named it after his wife, which is why you’ll see the name Baronne Nadine de Rothschild beneath the vintage on the label.
And what a vintage 2015 was. Respected critic and Master of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee went as far as to “compare it to 2005 and 2009 in quality”, Decanter Magazine noted that “several châteaux have arguably made the best ever wines”, and Steven Spurrier announced that “Bordeaux is back.” So, with the Rothschild’s know-how and a spectacular year, this case of six Château Malmaison 2015 is a wonderful find. All black fruit, plum crumble, sweet summer berries, new oak, Werther’s Originals, cedar and moist tobacco; it makes a sensational gift or a beautiful wooden case to stow away in the cellar for a rainy day.
The French side of the Rothschild dynasty is legendary in the wine world. In 1853 Nathaniel de Rothschild created Château Mouton Rothschild, and fifteen years later his uncle James Mayer de Rothschild acquired Château Lafite Rothschild. The former is the most flamboyant of Bordeaux’s First Growths and part of the Primum Familiae Vini – an association of the world’s finest family-owned wineries that include the likes of Antinori, Vega Sicilia, Tenuta San Guido of Sassicaia fame, Egon Müller, Pol Roger, the Symington Family Port house and many more. Neighbouring Château Lafite Rothschild has also become one of the most famous and sought-after wines in the entire world. Esteemed wine critic Neal Martin describes it as the “quintessential wine of elegance”, and it’s widely regarded as the most consistent of the First Growths. In 1962 the Lafite branch of the Rothschild family took the “Lafite Spirit” that they’d nurtured on the great terroir of Pauillac and began to expand their empire. Starting in Bordeaux they procured nearby neighbour Château Duhart-Milon, then Château Rieussec in Sauternes and Pomerol’s Château l’Evangile. They then branched out into South America with Viña Los Vascos in Chile and Bodegas Caro in Argentina, then further afield in France with Languedoc’s Domaines d’Aussières and even into northeast China with a new project called Long Dai. The three Rothschild Barons came together in 2007 to create Champagne Barons de Rothschild. All these ventures work to the same exacting standards as the legendary First Growths, befitting of wine’s most iconic family.
£4.38 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3283881
Style No.: 827342
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