Federal Wine & Spirits

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The label (and price) say Medoc; Your lips will taste Margaux

2010 Moulin de La Lagune & 2015 Ch. de Malleret
February 5, 2019


Ch. de Malleret

Ch. de Malleret    


We have discovered two values in classically styled Bordeaux in the towns of Ludun and Le Pian Medoc just south of Margaux. They impressed us because they are both Cabernet-based wines Margaux-like in a soft spoken, sleek manner. Poised and composed, both drink well now and will for the next few years.

Chateau La Lagune dates from 1715 and was classed as a third growth in 1855, but had fallen into disrepair and languished until the mid-20th century. It is now owned by the Frey family who also own the venerable Paul Jaboulet & Fils in the Rhone and has an interest in Billecart-Salmon in Champagne. Since 2004 The wines are made by Caroline Frey, with, the renowned Denis Dubourdieu as consulting oenolgue until his untimely demise.

Moulin de La Lagune is their second wine. It is predominantly Cabernet with Merlot and Petit Verdot like its big brother. It has the character of the wonderfully classic 2010 vintage, balanced and composed with some rich fruit notes. Drink now or over then next five years.

Ch De Malleret, a Cru Bourgeois, is even more historic. With roots in the 16th century, it lies about a mile south in Le Pian Medoc. Its wine is equally modern and refined. The wine consultant here is Stephane Derenencourt who also consults for such prestigious properties as Prieure Lichine, Smith Haut Lafitte, and Clos Fourtet. De Malleret reflects the soft sophistication that his hand gives the wines of those properties. A 2015, it is vigorous now and approachable on opening, but was even more delightful after being open three days, which betokens a future of several years’ worth of aging.

We are able to offer these wines on a direct import basis to arrive in about a month. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy sophisticated wines at very reasonable prices. They are very nice for drinking now. 


Arrival in about a month. 


2010 Moulin de La Lagune (Haut Medoc); Color: very dark; Aroma: reserved, heady very dense light, ; Mouth: clean lightly smooth, thickish texture, nice balancing acid, elegant smooth, mid bodied, long;Very Good - Excellent $40

Special Prearrival Case 359.88 (29.99)

2015 Ch de Malleret (Haut Medoc); Aroma: reserved, rather dense, bright pretty rather dense; Mouth: smooth sweet rather pretty fine acid clean & elegant, lightish fine acidity, pure; Very Good Plus $29.99;


Special Prearrival Case 239.88 (19.99)
Mixed case of 6 each 299.88


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