There was high praise for this beautifully defined, elegant and expressive Margaux 2017, Malescot St Exupéry. It scored 94 and 93 points with James Suckling and Wine Advocate. From a year all about finesse and perfume, this claret is exemplary.
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Medium body, expressive ripe fruit, freshness, fine silky tannins
Warm berries, cassis, tobacco, sage notes, hint of pencil shaving
Château Malescot Saint Exupéry is an 18th century estate that slipped into disrepair before the Zuger family took control in 1955. They invested significantly and wine quality has returned to at least troisième cru classé status. This wine is a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grown on the estate’s deep, well drained, gravelly soil. Hand harvesting, a showpiece gravity-fed cellar (the first in the region) and 16 months’ ageing in 80% fine new oak have added layers of subtle complexity and vanilla oak notes to the deep, luscious fruit. This is a serious claret. While approachable now, it will reward further cellaring. For now, decant at least a couple of hours before serving with a fine roast or stuffed portobello mushrooms.
"Warm red and black currants, kirsch and raspberry pie on the nose with floral wafts, tobacco"
Lisa Perrotti-Brown Wine Advocate, 93 pts
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