We love surprises! And there was no bigger surprise from our last trip to Bordeaux than this lovely, nuanced, classy bottle of wine from perennial underachiever, Chateau Malescasse. For some reason, the stars aligned with this 2001, providing a vibrant yet mature mouthful of Cabernet-based Claret that, since Malescasse hasn't been lighting it up with the pundits, came available at a very fair price. Actually, it's a silly price considering the quality. As we like to say, "buy the wine, don't buy the score..."
Malescasse Haut-Medoc 2001
91 points James Suckling! Aromas of blueberries with hints of vanilla bean and toasted oak. Full body, with velvety tannins and bright acidity. I like the combination of fruit and oak in this. Chewy finish. Give it three or four years of bottle age.-James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, February, 2012
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