Chateau Malbet represents one of the great values Bordeaux has to offer. Because it is not in one of the exalted appellations, the chateau can't ask the price of those that are. But, the fact is, the wines produced in these lesser-known regions is oftentimes as good! And, in this case, the same care and attention was paid to this wine as at the high-priced spreads.
Chateau Malbet has been in the Rochet family since 1865. They have other holdings, but this estate is their best. It is located southeast of the city of Bordeaux in Entre-Deux-Mers - not far from the Left Bank powerhouses of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol.
As a result, it shares properties of soil and climate with them, which pretty much dictate what the predominant grapes should be: Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
As the temperature has risen over the last few decades, more Cabernet Sauvignon enters the mix and now accounts for a substantial part of the blend. It also accounts for the substantial flavors in the wine. Three decades ago, you have never seen a wine from here featuring Cabernet Sauvignon. Ours is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in oak for 12 months.
Unlike the local blends made 30 years ago, our selection is a substantial offering from a great vintage. It shows power and grace that belie its "humble" appellation.
Here is ripe berry, plum and anise cloaked in a robe of juicy vanilla, licorice and leather just waiting to strike the glass, your palate and your memory.