Some of the great Sauternes chateaux produce dazzling dry whites as well as their famous sweet wines and M de Malle is one of these rare white wines. these fine examples of top flight white Graves are among the best and most long lived of whites. M de Malle is made by the Sauternes Second Growth Chateau de Malle, which is owned by the Comtes de Bournazel who have 400 years of wine making experience. M de Malle is difficult to obtain because production is very low and the Bordelaise tend to snap up most of it for themselves; so we are delighted we have acquired it for the UK.
The vineyard lies to the east of Preignac, in the small commune of Toulenne, and the sandy and gravelly clay soil is perfectly suited to the making of great dry white wine. Chateau de Malle is a magnificent building, constructed at the beginning of the 17th century, and is a classified historic monument. It’s surrounded by classical Italian style gardens and has remained in the same family without ever changing hands.
M de Malle is ideal with chicken, duck, pork, feathered game such as guinea fowl and pheasant, salmon, seafood, creamy pasta dishes and soft cheeses.
Press Reviews: Andrew Barrow – Spittoon
A touch of class here – from the blossom and wax aroma through to the ‘tinged with the exotic’ palate. A combination of softness, a gentle rounded mouthfeel with a complex wax and citrus burst on the finish. Dry. That citric burst finality comes complete with a hint of herb and a gravelly texture.
The wax references are courtesy of the Semillon component in the wine, the addition of which also tempers the forcefulness of the majority Sauvignon adding a touch of richness along the way.
Is there also a hint of tarragon in the wine or is that just the mouth-watering aromas eminating from the kitchen? For Bordeaux Undiscovered recommend M de Malle Graves with chicken in a Tarragon Sauce to accompany. Rather than frying chicken breasts a hole poisson, stuffed with fresh tarragon was roasted and served with a sauce of chicken stock, roasting juices and Dijon mustard. A delicious match
Hachette des Vins 2007
Coup de Coeur – the highest accolade achieveable!
Learn more about M de Malle on Nicks Blog: Discovering M de Malle