Chateau Maucaillou Haut Medoc Moulis Bordeaux Wine Complete Guide

Chateau Maucaillou Chateau Maucaillou Haut Medoc Moulis Bordeaux Wine Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Maucaillou Moulis with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Maucaillou History, Overview

Chateau Maucaillou dates back to at least 1871, when the estate was developed by the Petit Laroche family. The name of Maucaillou can be translated into bad stones. The name was perfect for the estate because of the poor, rocky soils which were too harsh for planting anything except grape vines.

The Petit Laroche family were successful negociants at the time. They chose the location, due to its close proximity to the local railroads in Moulis, which made shipping their wines easier. They built the chateau in 1875.

However, the modern era for Chateau Maucaillou starts in the depths of the great depression, when the property was sold to the well-known Dourthe group, which already was an established negociant company by that time. Dourthe owns several estates in the Medoc, Pessac Leognan and St. Emilion, as well as the large negociant house, CVGB.

Chateau Maucaillou Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 63 hectare, Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Maucaillou has a terroir of gravel based soils. The vineyard is planted to 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. The vines are harvested using a combination of machine harvesting and pickers.

The wines are vinified in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wines are aged in about 60%, new, French oak barrels for average of 18 months prior to bottling. There is a second wine, Le No 2 de Maucaillou. There is also a 3rd wine, Maucaillou Haut Medoc. The production of Chateau Maucaillou is large at close to 35,000 cases of wine per vintage.

Aside from a chateau, vineyard and winery, there is another reason to visit Chateau Maucaillou. They have a wine museum and a gallery of wine related art works.

The owners of Chateau Maucaillou also produce Chateau Duplessis Fabre, Chateau Cap de Haut Maucaillou and Chateau Maucaillou Felletin from 26 hectares of vines that are also planted in the Haut Medoc appellation.

When to Drink Chateau Maucaillou, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Maucaillou is better young with 1 hour or so of decanting. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Maucaillou is usually better with at least 2-4 years of bottle age.

Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Maucaillou offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 3-12 years of age after the vintage.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Maucaillou with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Maucaillou is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Maucaillou is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau Maucaillou Barton is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

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Château Maucaillou Wine Tasting Notes

8 Vintages 18,169 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2016Château Maucaillou  (Moulis en Médoc)89

Forward in style, showing a big shot of espresso with layers of ripe, juicy blackberries, smoke, licorice and tobacco all wrapped up in a round, fruity finish.

648 Views   Tasted

Forward in style, with loads of ripe, sweet, blackberries, cedar, oak and tobacco to keep you busy.

1,512 Views   Tasted 89
2015Château Maucaillou  (Moulis en Médoc)84

Simple, medium bodied, wine that delivers a light, cherry, cranberry and herbal profile for early quaffing consumption.

1,511 Views   Tasted

Showing a forward, easy drinking, black cherry, earth and cassis, medium bodied, forward character for early consumption. 85 - 87 Pts

2,004 Views   Tasted 86
2014Château Maucaillou  (Moulis en Médoc)89

Forward, medium bodied, soft, polished fresh, easy drinking, red fruits, earth, tobacco and spice. Round tannins and a fruity finish polish this off nicely.

1,652 Views   Tasted
2013Château Maucaillou  (Moulis en Médoc)84

Medium bodied with a bright red berry character with espresso bean and cranberry notes, this crisp wine is made for early drinking consumption.

1,711 Views   Tasted
2012Château Maucaillou  (Moulis en Médoc)87

A perfect example of a nice, Left Bank charmer, with soft tannins, ripe, dark red fruits, and a bit of earth and thyme. Forward in style, this medium bodied, early drinking, not overly complicated wine, is already nice in the glass.

2,115 Views   Tasted
2010Château Maucaillou  (Moulis en Médoc)86

Forward, medium bodied, easy drinking wine, with a crisp, red and dark fruit with tobacco character.

3,394 Views   Tasted
2009Château Maucaillou  (Moulis en Médoc)89

Fully mature, round, fruity, earthy, ripe red fruits and black cherries with earth and thyme notes make this a charming, easy drinking pleaser at its peak. I would not hold out for more on this.

716 Views   Tasted
2005Château Maucaillou  (Moulis en Médoc)87

Fully mature, with a sweet core of fresh black cherries, made even better with the essence of forest floor and thyme notes, leaves you with a round, cherry finish.

2,906 Views   Tasted