92pts, Wine Enthusiast
This wine comes from an historic 700-acre estate in the southern Médoc that's home to vines, forests and stallions. The wine is ripe and full of black currants from its majority of Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich and packed with generous fruit, the wine shows the progress the property has made in recent years. It still holds plenty of tannins, so age further and drink from 2023.

90pts, Wine Spectator
A solidly built version, with a graphite and warm earth frame around a core of lightly steeped plum and black currant fruit. Reveals a swath of tobacco through the finish. Best from 2019 through 2024.

90pts, Vinous
The 2015 de Malleret has turned out beautifully. Dark, sumptuous and also quite powerful, the 2015 packs a real punch. Inky blue/purplish fruit, leather, smoke, licorice, chocolate and tobacco all hit the palate in this virile, brooding Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois. The blend is 56% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot."

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Bordeaux Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Haut Medoc, Bordeaux
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

"OH HELLO delicious Bordeaux! Hailing from the 2015 vintage which Steven Spurrier calls ""modern"" and ""full of charm"", and what James Lawther MW of Decanter calls ""seductive"" and ""very, very good"" comes this Cru Bourgeois offering from Chateau de Malleret. With 400 years of history in the Medoc and really finding its stride in the past 10 years, the wine is gorgeous, no, it's outstanding, especially for $19. It's a winner at $36, but $19? Holy moly.

Polished, dark and inky, lavish, it's a crowd-pleasing left-bank Bordeaux that continues to evolve after its been open, making it a lovely sipper for those evenings you find yourself deep in conversation and time just happened to fall into a vortex (who needs to keep track of time anyway where there's wine to enjoy!). Blue and purple fruit, leather, wood smoke, licorice, chocolate, tobacco, it's everything you want out of a Bordeaux delivered in a round, gorgeous, quaffable vintage.

So if you have a hankering for Bordeaux or looking to reintroduce your palate to great versions of it, start with this Chateau de Malleret. At the price, you won't be disappointed.

TASTING NOTES 

Rich with solid tannins and generous blue and purple fruit like plum and black currant, leather, wood smoke, licorice, chocolate, and tobacco on the finish.

THE STORY TO KNOW

The people of the Bordeaux region have a genius for combining magnificent residences with high-quality vineyards. Malleret is an example of this. Situated in the commune of Pian-Médoc, the Château de Malleret terroir is one of the oldest in the region. Over three centuries of history, some of the great names in wine and trade have followed on from each other as head of the estate. The château remained in the hands of the Clossmann family, despite different names, until 2000, when it was sold to Maison de Luze, with whom it had enjoyed a long-standing partnership. In August 2006, Maison de Luze sold Malleret, but is still the sole distributor of its wine. Bruno Vonderheyden became the estate director and Florence Deguillaume the manager.