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Malescot Saint Exupéry 2010

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Margaux
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc

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Tasting Notes

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.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

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.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, March 2014

A wine with beautiful strawberry and chocolate with hints of pie crust. It's full-bodied with super integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Needs at least four to five years to really come together but so wonderful. Not the amazing 2009 but clearly outstanding

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013

Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Malescot St. Exupery wafts gracefully out of the glass with scents of potpourri, raspberry coulis and kirsch over a cassis and warm plums core with a touch of pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with juicy red and black fruits, sporting a firm, fine-grained texture and oodles of freshness. It has a good, long and remarkably pure finish. 2020-2050

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

Sweet and creamy. Then a bit too sweet. A bit forced and very painful acidity on the finish. Bit of a caricature. Aggressively astringent finish.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011

This is a Margaux property that has beefed up its wines in recent years but they are less powerful and extracted than those of Lascombes. Michel Rolland consults here. 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot in 60% new oak. Dark and viscous with thick, port-like legs clinging to the glass. Black fruits, wood smoke, liquorice and tar on the nose. This is big and brooding. Super sweet and modern, this is undeniably impressive but there is a sense of wine-making dominating the terroir. Certainly not a typical Margaux but an impressive, masculine and muscular young claret.

Farr Vintners, April 2011

Dark chocolate and ripe fruit give a sweet feel to the nose and fleshy richness on the palate. Ripe cassis is very much in evidence but behind it adding some freshness is bilberry and red cherry. The fruit lasts well on the finish.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2011

Striking fragrance of cassis-Cabernet fruit with a hint of greenness that adds lift, very good extraction and florality beginning to emerge, will show fascinating complexity over time. Drink 2018-30.

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 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.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 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. Tasted April 2011.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011

This is a 2005 Malescot in the making. And that was stunning. I love the blueberries, chocolate and nuts on the nose and palate. The finish lasts for minutes with so much . Goes on and on. I want to drink this! Wow.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011
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