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Maucaillou 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Olive, cedar, and a fairly heavy carriage of pencil lead oak on the nose which is tight complex and above pay grade with enough stuffing underneath to carry it well. Powerful on entry, and a bit extracted perhaps, showing notes of graphite, oak and fresh fruit in the mouth the mouth. A powerful yet elegant wine, a bit of a beast in fact though with a fairly long fresh finish, and lovely firm tannins. A winner. 90pts

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Château Maucaillou:
The CAVES AND ENTREPOTS DE MOULIS (Moulis Cellars and Warehouses) were built in 1871 in the heart of the Upper Médoc, next to the Moulis railway station. At the time, the owners were the PETIT-LAROCHE family, 19th-century wine merchants, whose head office was located 104 cours Saint-Louis in Bordeaux. The family chose the location near the station because horse-drawn carriages had only a sh... Read more
The CAVES AND ENTREPOTS DE MOULIS (Moulis Cellars and Warehouses) were built in 1871 in the heart of the Upper Médoc, next to the Moulis railway station. At the time, the owners were the PETIT-LAROCHE family, 19th-century wine merchants, whose head office was located 104 cours Saint-Louis in Bordeaux. The family chose the location near the station because horse-drawn carriages had only a short distance to cover to load their wines on trains travelling to destinations throughout Europe. As Messrs Petit Laroche put it at the time: “The purpose of the Entrepôts de Moulis Company is to market, both in Bordeaux and abroad, Médoc wines stored in cellars built by the company opposite Moulis station, a central location between Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Saint-Estèphe”. The magnificent freestone building originally covered 3,000 m². It was built “with painstaking care and all the perfecting conducive to excellent cellaring of wines. A vast corridor or wall walk goes around the building and access to the cellars is only through side doors preceded by other doors referred to as windbreaks. Chimneys closing by means of sliding blocks are installed in each compartment to facilitate the evaporation of gases.” These huge cellars for the time housed a 180,000-litre vat room, 9,000 barrels and 300,000 bottles. In 1875, the year of his marriage, J. Petit-Laroche offered his wife the construction of a fine residence opposite his Médoc cellars as a wedding gift. The work was done by the Marian brothers, contractors in Moulis, and the result was the Chateau as we know it today. The Chateau is a bold and unusual architectural combination that appears to blend several styles, in the same way as Médoc wines are crafted from a blend of several grape varieties. The profuse decor, reminiscent not only of the Renaissance, but also of the middle and end of the 17th century, make the building an excellent example of the eclectic architecture found in the Médoc at the end of the 19th century, before the crises suffered by the vineyards in later years (grape phylloxera, downy mildew,… for more information, click on Phylloxera or mildew). The Chateau MAUCAILLOU building is listed in the “BORDEAUX CHÂTEAUX” inventory collection. At the same time, J. Petit-Laroche created a new wine estate in the localities known as “MAUCAILLOU” and “CAUBET”, with an area of one and a half hectares, named Chateau MAUCAILLOU. “MAUCAILLOU” means “mauvais cailloux”, the French for bad stone, as the term was understood by the farmers of the middle ages, given that this type of gravel plot was not suitable for growing cereal, the main source of livelihood at the time. It was later discovered that such gravel outcrops constituted an ideal terroir for highly expressive vineyards. Such were the beginnings of MAUCAILLOU, an exceptionally talented vineyard, given that since 1889 its wines have constantly been in the limelight throughout the world, during contests and “blind tastings” among professionals. The philosophy of Chateau MAUCAILLOU can be summed up in this maxim: "A Grand Cru Classé, I cannot be A Cru Bourgeois, I deign not be, Chateau MAUCAILLOU, I am." Philippe Dourthe. Some faultfinders have considered, incorrectly, that the maxim is a mere plagiarism of that expressed by the late Philippe de Rothschild for his Chateau Mouton Rothschild, prior to the reclassification of the latter in 1972 from second to first place in the hierarchy of the Médoc Grands Crus Classés. "A Grand Cru Classé, I cannot be": Chateau MAUCAILLOU can never be included in the 1855 classification of Médoc Grands Crus for the simple reason that the classification has never been modified since its creation and that Chateau MAUCAILLOU was created in 1875 only. The Association of Great Classified Growths (Grands Crus) has never accepted a new member in the official classification of 1855. This is really a pity for Chateau MAUCAILLOU, given that many wine writers have regularly equated it with an 1855 Médoc Grand Cru Classé (see the “read in the press” section). "A Cru Bourgeois, I deign not be": Chateau MAUCAILLOU was officially classified as a “Cru Bourgeois" in 1932. Always anxious to be part of a serious classification, untainted by any bias, Chateau MAUCAILLOU abandoned the Cru Bourgeois Classification of 2003, that was, in fact, officially cancelled subsequently. "Chateau MAUCAILLOU, I am", because Chateau MAUCAILLOU remains and must always live on as an exceptional growth appreciated the world over. Perhaps, when all is said and done, it does not need to appear in a new intermediary classification to ensure its reputation and promotion. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Maucaillou

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,167
4.00 5
05/05/2014

Olive, cedar, and a fairly heavy carriage of pencil lead oak on the nose which is tight complex and above pay grade with enough stuffing underneath to carry it well. Powerful on entry, and a bit extracted perhaps, showing notes of graphite, oak and fresh fruit in the mouth the mouth. A powerful yet elegant wine, a bit of a beast in fact though with a fairly long fresh finish, and lovely firm tannins. A winner. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,167
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

Perfumed nutty oak on the nose with notes of violet pastille, black olive, aromatic roots, char and black fruit – nicely ripe in the mouth, moderately rich, balanced and focused with ripe tannins and nice supple acids that still offer excellent support, good depth of fruit, nice powerful finish, clear long notes of black fruit, spice and earth, really well done (91-92)


Member Reviews for Maucaillou

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,167
4.50 5
05/05/2014

Four and a half glasses


3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/07/2013

Kräftiger, wuchtiger Wein. Schöne Farbe und tolle Nase.


Snooth User: fbilgel
43802053
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 08/01/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: pastmat
18931023
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 06/01/2009

not as good as the 2000 that is more fruity. The 2004 has more tanin as well.


Snooth User: rzakharov
39826390
3.00 5
Vintage: 2004 09/04/2009

Three glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
2.50 5
Vintage: 2003 04/15/2012

On the nose, juicy red currant and straw along with cranberry and Bing cherry. On the palate, it has very strong acid that I found to be a bit overpowering. Dry, currant flavor with sour cherry and some earth. No finish. - 84 pts. 4/7/12


Snooth User: sunrainlife
70168010
3.00 5
Vintage: 2003 03/15/2011

Three glasses


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Vintage: 2009 06/11/2010

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Vintage: 2009 06/11/2010

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Vintage: 2009 06/11/2010

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Vintage: 2009 06/11/2010

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Vintage: 2009 05/18/2010

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Vintage: 2009 06/11/2010

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Vintage: 2005 02/24/2010

Château Maucaillou - Cru Bourgeois 2005: in Barriques gereift (18Monate), empf. Trinktemperatur 16°CJahrgang: 2005Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Bordeaux SuperieurWeingut: Château MaucaillouRebsorte: 55 % Cabernet Sauvignon36 % Merlot7 % Petit Verdot2 % Cabernet FrancRestzucker: Restsäure: Alkoholgehalt: Rotwein


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