CHÂTEAU MALESCOT SAINT EXUPÉRY
2012 3ème Cru Classé Margaux
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Seems less excessive than some recent vintages and likeable for that without ever quite becoming compelling. Good black fruit in the middle. Rating: 88-88 L&S (May 2013)
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I tasted the Malescot St. Exupery on two occasions. It is a blend 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot that was picked between 9 and 20 October. There is a lot of ambition evident on the “gourmand” like nose: blackberry, cooked meat and tertiary aromas emerging after a few swirls of the glass. The palate is fleshy and forward on the entry. There is plenty of sweet fruit, perhaps the oak imparting a few “seasoned” flavours, although there is decent definition on the austere, masculine finish. Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(May 2013)
This wine offers attractive floral notes intermixed with notions of lavender, black currants, black cherries, smoke and earth. It is another successful effort from an estate that has been consistently producing exceptional wines in all the finest vintages over the last 15-20 years. An attractive, seductive, dense ruby/purple-hued, medium-bodied 2012, it finishes with some shortness, but everything leading up to the finish is impressive. Like most of these 2012s that possess a certain forward appeal, it should drink well for 12-15 years. 2013 - 2028 Rating: 89-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2013)
Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2013)
Fine fragrant red and black fruits, good extraction leading to depth and grip from natural tannins, a very good wine that needs time. Drink: 2017 - 2030 Rating: 17 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2013)
Very dense looking. Really interesting nose – draws you in. Cool finish. Pretty snazzy really. Nothing overdone. Great balance. Racy finish. Hint of foxgloves and masses of still unformed fruit. This should be interesting to follow. 2020 - 2035. Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2013)
Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Apr 2013)
Quite vibrant, with a racy core of dark raspberry, currant and boysenberry fruit that drives along a solid graphite spine. The long, alluring finish stretches out impressively. A very strong showing. Rating: 93-96 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2013)
Château Malescot Saint Exupéry
Margaux Troisième cru 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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