CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPÉRY
2009 3ème Cru Classé Margaux
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Nice richness. Quite a cool, salty-sweet, smooth rich style, Smoky complexity, powerful - well done. Fresh to the finish despite its weight. Harmonious. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2010)
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Inky ruby. Ripe aromas of plum, blackberry jam and sweet balsamic vinegar. Rich and ripe in the mouth, with lively acidity lifting the creamy black fruit flavors and extending the wine's lightly peppery, very suave finish. Not the most refined or subtle Margaux you'll ever taste but immensely drinkable, and with plenty of depth and concentration to its aromas and flavors. Rating: 91 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Dec 2014)
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Malescot St. Exupery 2010 has a vigorous bouquet with abundant black cherries, blackcurrant, cedar and sous-bois notes that soar from the glass. The oak is present but nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins, a fine line of acidity and a composed, fleshy finish that belies the structure underneath. This is a solid, enjoyable Margaux that should age well. Tasted January 2014. Rating: 94+ Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2014)
Gorgeous, flowery, classic Margaux once again, the 2010 Malescot St.-Exupery continues to show virtually no toasty oak, given the impeccable balance and full-bodied, full-throttle style it possesses. Black raspberries, creme de cassis and spring floral notes intermixed with forest floor and a hint of charcoal are followed by an opulent, sexy, full-bodied wine whose tannins have become much sweeter, while the wine is less restrained yet still exuberant and impressive. This is a phenomenal example once again for this estate, harmonious in every sense of style, extraordinarily long, rich and ageworthy. Three to four years of bottle age will do wonders to make it more accessible, but this wine is set for 25-30 years of longevity. Drinking range: 2013 - 2043 Rating: 95 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Feb 2013)
Château Malescot Saint Exupéry
Margaux Troisième Cru Classé 1855
Simon Malescot laid the foundations for this estate when he purchased the land in 1697. In 1827 it was sold to Count Jean-Baptiste Saint-Exupéry, who appended his name to that of the château and added vineyard land from his family holdings. His extravagent life-style, however, led his widow to sell Château Malescot Saint Exupéry in 1853 to a banker called Fourcade who added the now defunct Château Dubignon to Malescot Saint Exupéry. In 1885 the present château was built. A sale of the estate in 1901 saw Château Dubignon split off again (selling for most of the next fifty years as Château Dubignon-Talbot), only to be re-incorporated into Malescot Saint Exupéry by Paul Zuger who bought the estate (together with Marquis d'Alesme Becker) in 1955. At the time, Malescot Saint Exupéry had just 7ha of vines and a reputation that had hit rock bottom. The Zuckers, now represented by the third generation Jean-Luc, have rejuvenated Malescot Saint Exupéry and it now has a reputation for good quality and good value.
Château Malescot Saint Exupéry can claim the great Château Margaux as its neighbour and lies, therefore, in the very heart of the appellation. The vineyards are planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The Grand Vin spend 14 to 16 months in oak, with up to 80% of the barrels being new wood.
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