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Malescot Saint Exupéry 2020

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc

This is a 28 hectare Margaux property. The vineyard is planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2020Malescot Saint ExupéryBT1 \ 012462.001294/96 NM1251.33333333333396.0094.00Malescot Saint Exupery0.7510
Bordeaux2020Malescot Saint ExupéryBT61 \ 06231.00694/96 NM651.33333333333396.0094.00Malescot Saint Exupery0.7510
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Tasting Notes

The 2020 Malescot St. Exupery was picked at 31hl/ha. It has a bouquet that I would describe as controlled opulence: lavish blueberry, Dorset plums, crushed violet and incense burst from the glass... but in orderly fashion. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe and succulent tannins that lend this Margaux a fleshy texture, yet there is clearly ample structure, as well as marvelous salinity and precision on the finish. This 2020 continues the purple patch for this property and comes highly recommended. Drink 2025-2048.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2021

Sporting a deep purple-black color, the 2020 Malescot St. Exupery prances out of the glass with showy scents of ripe black and red currants, black cherries, raspberry leaves and ground cloves, plus wafts of lilacs and tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating black and red fruit layers with a firm, grainy texture and well-balanced acidity, finishing on a lingering fragrant-earth note. 2026 - 2050

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, May 2021

Solid red with blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and spice. Lots of hazelnut, too. It’s full-bodied with chewy, polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Best of the trilogy vintages?

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2021

The 2020 Malescot Saint Exupéry offers up scents of scorched earth, licorice, smoke, gravel and menthol. Powerful, bold and savory, the 2020 possesses remarkable depth and tons of character. Malescot has been one of the under the radar gems in Bordeaux these last few years. The 2020 is another gorgeous wine from the château. Drink: 2032-2050

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2021

The 2020 is a blend of 49% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot that will be aged in barrel for 15 months. The yield is 31hl/ha this year, with the harvest running until 2nd October. Deep ruby colour. The nose is sweet and ripe, with baked plum and clafoutis notes. The palate is succulent and generous. Sweetly spiced with no hard edges, this full and rounded wine is hedonistic without excess. Plush and ripe to the finish.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2021
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Enjoyable black fruit aromatics on the nose, they do a good job here of soft pedalling the extraction on the attack, although by the mid palate we are in bitter chocolate and liquorice territory. Again, concentration and intensity is an overriding signature of the vintage. 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend. A yield of 31hl/ha.

Drinking Window 2026 - 2040

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, May 2021

(49% M, 44%, 4% CF, 3% PV; 31hl/ha; 13.5% ABV; 70% new)
Blackberry-sweet to smell; full, fresh, and finely, if firmly tannic; deep and sweet in ripe black fruit, full, round, long to taste, ample and satisfying, a gentle subtlety of taste, mouthcoating, sapid, and with lovely fruit length; a most seductive abundance of ripe Merlot flesh, well-contained and defined by its Cabernet tannin frame. This will make a delicious bottle in its fruit-rich, fulsome style. At 49% there is a particularly high proportion of Merlot this year (it is usually more like one third), but Jean-Luc simply said, “The Cabernets were very small and lacking juice, and the Merlots so very good, so, why not include them all?” Why not indeed, and the result speaks for itself. You’ll be able to drink this relatively early, but it will keep and age well. 2028–50+.

Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine, May 2021
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