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According to Robert Parker, Château Maucaillou can be compared to a 4th classified growth (“4eme Cru Classé”). This shows how much credit he gives to the Château!
The 2010, one of the best vintages ever produced at the domain, shows concentrated aromas of black berries and sweet spices. An 18-month period in oak barrels provides this wine with light tannins, which are well integrated and make this wine subtle and perfectly balanced. A very elegant and complex bottle for your sophisticated diners, it can be drunk now but also wait in a cellar for several years.
|Wine Characteristics||Tasting and cellaring|
|Domain||Château Maucaillou||Eye||Deep purple colour|
|Vintage||2010||Nose||Black and red fruits with a touch of spices|
|Appellation||Moulis-en-Médoc||Mouth||Medium-bodied and well-structured, round tannins and|
|Area||Bordeaux||very good length|
|Grapes||Cabernet Sauvignon (60%)||Drink before||2020|
|Merlot (35%) Petit Verdot (5%)||Open||1 hour before|
|A classic Médoc to drink with red meat like beaf, duck breast or lamb chops.|
|A word about the domain|
|The domain of Maucaillou was created “only” in 1875, which can explain why it was not included in the 1855 Classification. Owned by the Dourthe family for four generations who have always maintained the high standard of the Chateau and the great care the family has always provided to the vineyard. With 90 hectares spread across Moulis and the Haut-Médoc, the Chateau produces 4 different wines but treat them all with the same care to produces quality wines, from the affordable easy to drink Bordeaux Supérieur to the more complex and perfectly balanced Château Maucaillou.|
|What experts say|
About the domain
Robert Parker: 3* (Very good)
Bettane & Dessauve: 1* (Good production)
About the wine
Jancis Robinson: 17 (13 Apr 2011 by JR)
"Mid crimson. Very sweet and voluptuous start and then just the merest hint of sandpaper and great, supple, ripe tannins. The merest hint of greenness on the finish but overall pretty lovely. Fresh and ‘feminine’ though there is no shortage of tannin! What a good Maucaillou."
Decanter: 15.5 (19/04/2011)
"Nicely fragrant Cabernet fruit, quite lifted and elegant but could have more depth. Drink 2014-18"
Robert Parker: 86 (Wine Advocate #205 Feb 2013)
"A Burgundian style of wine with notes of sweet and sour cherries, pomegranates, spice box and damp earth, this medium-bodied, pleasant wine should be drunk over the next 5-6 years."
Wine Spectator: 89 (Issue: Web Only - 2013)
"Offers a solid core of plum and anise framed by black tea and backed by a supple, fine-grained finish. This puts on weight nicely while it airs in the glass, but stays supple and gentle overall. Drink now through 2017."
|And finally for the wine geeks…|
|Soil||80% Guntz gravels and 20% clayey limestone|
|Age of vines||30 years old|