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Chateau de Malengin 2009
88 points
by Wine & Spirits Magazine

Winery Baron Edmond de Rothschild

Appellation Montagne Saint-Emilion

Country France

Grape Varietal Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon


History

Baron Benjamin de Rothschild has acquired this superb property in 2003, aiming at developing the Estate’s great potential. 
Malengin is an old middle age fortress built on a limestone plateau. This fortress is situated over beautiful slopes dominating the “Barbanne” stream.
A large renovation work of the cellar was undertaken in spring 2004 to offer modern and efficient facilities. 

Terroir

The vineyards of Chateau de Malengin are planted on south facing slopes and showing in places big rocks of limestone. This excellent clay and limestone soil gives the Saint-Emilion Merlot its distinctive taste.Particular attention is given to vineyard management in order to achieve low yield and get quality grapes at optimum ripeness.

Viticulture & Vinification

The grapes are handpicked (the machine is used as reinforcements when a faster response is required). The entire harvest is hand selected and destemmed before entering the vat. The wooden vats, stainless steel and concrete tanks are fully temperature controlled. After about one month of maceration in tank, the wine is then carefully aged in French oak barrels during 14 months.

Ageing

60% in second fill barrells, rest in tanks             
Duration : 14 months                                              

Style

Deep purple colored, bright. Powerful and complex range of aromas, expresses ripe black fruits anointed an elegant oak and spicy. After a strong attack and fruity, the palate reveals a round, meaty flesh, warm and remarkably balanced.

Food pairing

Drink with grilled meat, and french cheese.            
Advised serving temperature: 18°C. 

Technicals

Alc.:13.5%, 750ML 

 

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