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A healthy dense ruby/purple color is followed by sweet cassis fruit and floral notes, excellent texture, and a medium-bodied mouthfeel in this fresh, lively, concentrated 2013. Drink this impressive, well-made Margaux over the next decade. 2014-2024 Rating: 89-91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Aug 2014)
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Full ruby. Fresh aromas of redcurrant, licorice and baking spices. Juicy and tight in the mouth, with moderate sweetness and intensity to the flavors of black fruits, herbs, licorice and spicy oak. Finishes moderately long but a little diffuse, with repeating spice and herb notes. Malescot is usually the most opulent of all Margaux' and a wine I normally really like, but this 2013 is currently tough as nails and a little fruit-challenged. Rating: 86-88 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (May 2014)
Fresh on the nose the start of the palate is light with bramble and bilberry. There is more depth in the middle richer fruit depth of flavour and although slightly tight on the back palate the finish is more open with depth of flavour. 2020-30 Rating: 87-90 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (May 2014)
Rating: 85 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2014)
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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