2017 Château de Malle Sauternes Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note


2017 Château de Malle  (Sauternes) 93

I really like tasting, and frankly drinking young Sauternes. The play between all the ripe, and overripe tropical fruits, candied orange rind, lemon meringue, vanilla, and honey, paired with the right amount of edgy acidity makes this so easy to enjoy now, and if you prefer more secondary notes, for at least the next 20 years as well. 93 Points

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When to Drink Chateau de Malle, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau de Malle can be enjoyed on the young side with no decanting. In fact, it is delicious and quite a treat young, even on release! However, like all great wines, Chateau de Malle is much better with age and does not reach full maturity until it's at least 10-15 years of age, or in some years, perhaps even longer in the best vintages!

That is when the magic happens! But that is unrealistic for 99% of the world's wine drinkers. So, enjoy it on any special occasion that calls for it.

Serving Chateau de Malle with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau de Malle is best served at 14 degrees Celsius, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will naturally warm in the glass, while it develops more aromatic complexities and fleshes out.

Chateau de Malle can be served with seafood dishes, especially shellfish, lobster, crab, and oysters on the half shell. Foie gras is a perfect pairing with its natural sweet, salty and savory characteristics. Chateau de Malle can also be paired with roasted chicken, veal, and pork dishes that are either spicy or prepared with a touch of sweetness.

Spicy Asian cuisine, raw fish, like sushi or sashimi, and cheese, both hard and soft also make great pairings with Chateau de Malle.