"Powerful nose of black fruit, mineral and smoked rich palate, with velvety tannins, impressive. 15.5-17.5/20"
La Revue des Vins de France
"Well balanced, good length, a real charmer"
Wein Gourmet 2
The Château Malmaison vineyard, situated in the Moulis wine-growing area of the Médoc, is one of the oldest in the Médoc.
Grape vines have been established here, thanks to a handful of landowners and a sizeable religious community, ever since the middle ages.
This property, which adjoins Château Clarke, was also purchased by the Baron Edmond de Rothschild in 1973, with the intention of recreating a large estate.
Though in a state of total neglect at the time of purchase, the Château Malmaison has now been restored to its former glory. The vineyard too was completely replanted between 1974 and 1978, and now extends to 24 perfectly maintained hectares. The clay-limestone soil is ideally suited to a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
This particular mixture of grape varieties, dominated by the Merlot, gives us the smooth and rounded wines so typical of this specific area.
The greatest possible care is taken at every stage of the production of this wine, right from the maintenance of the vines themselves, which is always aimed at improving quality. At each grape harvest, the grapes are picked by hand and are then meticulously sorted before being vatted. The wine making process than proceeds in automatically thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Lastly, the wines are matured from between 14 to 18 months in new barrels and year-old barrels.
Thus, the wine produced by Malmaison allies delicacy, suppleness and elegance with a rich and fruity bouquet.
Ever since 1997 the Baroness Nadine de Rothschild has continued the proud tradition of the estate in accord with the wishes of her husband.
Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild