CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPÉRY
2010 3ème Cru Classé Margaux
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Deep purple to black. Nose of spice, cakey fruit. Thick feel, fresh, powerful and intense. Tannins build. Intense rich finish keeps its freshness. Rating: 92+ L&S (Apr 2011)
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This estate, which has been on a qualitative crescendo for over ten years, has made a prodigious 2010 that ranks alongside their 2009, 2005 and 2000. A gorgeous fragrance of spring flowers, cedarwood, black and red currants and hints of spice box and subtle oak is followed by a generously endowed, full-bodied, opulent wine with layers of concentration, a restrained yet exuberant personality, superb fruit purity and a long finish. There is plenty of tannin, no doubt elevated alcohol and wonderful freshness as well as delicacy. This beauty should drink well for 25 or more years. 2011-2036 Rating: 94-96 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (May 2011)
The 2010 is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Malescot is another concentrated wine this year, although with a very bright, crimson hue. The fruit has quite a fresh feel to it as well, quite bright and with a crystalline edge on the nose, but not lacking in density. Gently polished at the start, still with some post-fermentation aromas as well though. But a fine midpalate here, balanced, with really appealing and rather vigorous fruit, well defined and yet with body. A good firm fruit character on the finish, with a rounded structure. And a nice length to it. Beneath the embryonic shell I think there is a really nice wine lurking here, with great potential. Rating: 17-18/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2011)
The Malescot Saint-Exupery has a very well defined nose, very precise with good mineralité. Blackberry, cedar, graphite and limestone, great focus and aromatic “bravura”. The palate has a ripe, fleshy entry, quite noticeable new oak but there is sufficient fruit to support it. Seamless texture with dark cherries, blackcurrant, a touch of graphite and cedar towards the finish that is more “classic” in style than the entry. This has great potential and could turn out to be better than the 2009. Rating: 93 - 95+ Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2011)
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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