Chateau de Malle, located in the Sauternes appellation of Bordeaux, took its name from the former owner, Jacques de Malle. Jacques de Malle founded the estate and built the original, stunning, chateau in around 1650. The 28-hectare vineyard Chateau de Malle is planted to 88% Semillon, Sauvignon 8%, 4% Muscadelle, which shows a change in the vineyards with more Semillon and less Sauvignon Blanc. They have a terroir of gravel, clay, sand, and limestone soil.
Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Château de Malle has a pleasing, harmonious, botrytis-rich bouquet with fine delineation: honeysuckle, minerals and orange-blossom gently floating from the glass. The palate is very well balanced with tensile citrus fruit that marries beautifully with the clear honey, mandarin and citrus notes. There is a compelling build to this wine in the mouth. A top de Malle to savor now and over the next 15-20 years. [92 Points, Neal Martin – June 2015, robertparker.com]