Ch. Moulin De Mallet - Bordeaux Rouge 2020
A couple of months back I tasted through two dozen Bordeaux samples with our old friend Craig Baker from Misa Imports. There were some pretty amazing wines in the line-up, top end bottlings from the likes of Pauillac, Pomerol, St. Emilion, and one little “entry level” Bordeaux I couldn’t get my mind off – this beautiful wine from Chateau Moulin de Mallet!
Chateau Moulin de Mallet is located in the town of Pujols, in the far southeastern corner of the Bordeaux region, just south of one of the Dordogne’s major tributaries. Nearly 100 acres of vineyards make up the estate, 30 year old vines on average, planted in clay-limestone soils that are perfect for producing balanced reds with great acidity. A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and its wonderful stuff. Complex and thoroughly intriguing on the nose, ripe red berried fruits, earth tones, and hints of herbs. The nose is so enticing it has you thinking, is this really a $15 wine? Ripe red fruits dominate on the palate, all freshened up by bright limestone minerals that keep the wine alive and bright. Medium-bodied with gorgeous balance too, fine tannins, delicate acidity and a long finish. Really impressive stuff, especially for this price!
Food pairings you ask? About anything you can throw on the grill. Burgers, lamb chops, Portobello mushrooms, all work nicely. Or just a simple plate of stinky French cheeses. You’ll be very happy indeed.
Wine Enthusiast: 90 Points
Here is a densely packed wine with firm tannins and a ripe structure. It has a ripe character from the black fruits. Drink from 2023. — Roger Voss
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