Malescot Saint Exupéry 2005


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Tasting Notes

A beautiful wine, once again, from this property that has been on a superb qualitative roll for several decades. Dense ruby/purple with notes of graphite, background oak, youthful crème de cassis and blackberry fruit as well as a floral underpinning, it is medium to full-bodied, textured, rich and impressive. Still in a somewhat adolescent stage, it should hit full maturity in another 2-3 years and last at least two decades. Drink 2017-2037.

Score: 96Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

This estate's finest effort - ever, the 2005 Malescot St.-Exupery should be sought out by readers looking for intensity combined with superb richness, fascinating elegance, and a surreal concoction of blue and red fruits, a silky texture, and a delicate yet powerful wine that builds incrementally, never becoming overwrought. This dense purple-colored, medium to full-bodied tour de force in winemaking is already displaying remarkable complexity. It should only get better over the next decade, and will last through 2030. I would not be surprised to see this wine merit a few more points with additional aging.

Score: 97Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

While this extraordinary wine possesses superb elegance, richness, and intensity, it remains light on its feet, combining the delicacy of the appellation with significant power. A flamboyant, floral-scented nose revealing notions of truffles, black currants, charcoal, and spice is followed by a wine with gorgeous purity, fabulous intensity, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and undeniable complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2030.

Score: 93/95Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

The 2005 is a prodigious effort from this estate, which, despite some dazzling wines over recent vintages, rarely receives the attention it deserves. This cuvee is off the charts in terms of richness, intensity, power, and overall elegance. A stunning black/purple color is accompanied by scents of graphite, blackberries, cassis, and minerals. Incredibly pure, beautifully textured, and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin for a 2005, this compelling Margaux will be at its finest between 2010-2030+.

Score: 93/95+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

The Château Malescot St. Exupery 2005 has a deep garnet colour. The nose is quite austere at first and then once it gets to know you, it flourishes with brambly black fruit, wild strawberry, cedar and graphite - like many, almost Pauillac-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with dense ripe tannin. There is enormous weight and presence here, layers of powerful spicy red fruit, a very fine line of acidity and a killer line of graphite on the finish. This is an excellent Margaux that deserves another 4 or 5 years in the cellar. Drink 2020 - 2050

Score: 94Neal Martin,, February 2015

Score: 97James Suckling,, February 2008

Dark-colored, with showy aromas of ripe berries, currants and raspberries with hints of violets. Incredible nose. Full-bodied, with ultra-elegant tannins that go on and on. A fabulous wine, with the finesse and class of a great Burgundy and the power and style of Bordeaux. This is the best wine ever from here.

Score: 95/100James Suckling,, March 2006

Mid crimson without great colour concentration. Sweet, creamy nose. Then a pretty chewy cassis palate. Absolutely masses of tannins. This should come right in the end. But it certainly needs time. This may always be a bit chunky and less sophisticated than some but not overworked in any way. 13.5%
Drink 2024-2045

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2015

Exceptionally dense colour right out to rim. Some oak on the nose. Very sweet start on the front palate and, while great attempts have been made to ensure the tannins are as supple as possible, the whole is a bit of a brutal assault on the palate at present. Aggressive acidity. Quite alcoholic. May please eventually but it needs quite a bit of time. Drink 2018-25

Score: 16.5+Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2006

Bright ruby-red. Superripe berry and chocolate aromas, with a whiff of surmaturite Fat, sweet and large-scaled, offering extraordinary volume and an almost syrupy thickness leavened by surprisingly sound acidity. This saturates the entire mouth yet manages to avoid coming off as heavy. Finishes very long and sweet, with thoroughly integrated tannins. "The best vintage since 1961," notes Jean-Luc Zuger. "This is the kind of wine I like." He advises early drinkers to give this 2005 about four hours in a decanter.

Score: 93Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008

Black-red, fragrant fruit, blending red and blackcurrants, attractive natural acidity to balance the ripe fruit, good length and distinctive character. Drink 2010-20.

Score: 17Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, April 2006

Ripe, creamy purity of black fruit. Classic, not too oaky, with pure fruit definition. Refreshing, long tannins already well integrated. Excellent and will improve. Drink from 2012. Awarded 5 stars

Score: 18.5+Decanter Magazine, Decanter Magazine, July 2008

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