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2009 Wine - Red Château Malescot St. Exupery

2009 Château Malescot St. Exupery (Bordeaux - Margaux, France)
Wine - Red $249.99 (750mL)

Third Growth Malescot St Exupery has vineyards which abut onto those of First Growth Chateau Margaux; it has a fairly typical constitution for the appellation of Margaux, with a layer of gravel up to ten metres deep in places, over a layer of rock which is a mix of marl, clay and chalk, with some iron deposits. They are planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, at a density of 10000 vines/ha, with an average age of about 35 years. The harvest is manual into small trays, sorted at the winery, and 100% destemmed. Fermentation is temperature-controlled, using indigenous yeast, with some gentle pumping over. The production here is roughly 13,500 cases per annum and in superb years as 2009, there isn't enough to go around. One of the stars of the vintage. Extremely limited availability.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Rating: 96

An inky/purple color is followed by notes of Asian plum sauce, forest floor, creme de cassis, black raspberries and a floral component that is unusual for a Margaux. A wine of exceptional intensity and purity with a full-bodied, sumptuous texture, lots of fresh vibrancy and excellent definition, this beautiful 2009 exhibits high but sweet tannin. It is more sexy than the 2005 was at a similar age, although their level of extract and concentration is relatively equal. Something about the 2009 reminds me of a Margaux version of St.-Julien's Leoville Poyferre ... if that makes any sense. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040.

This is another fabulous effort from an estate that has been doing extraordinary work over the last 10-15 years. I enjoyed the 2009 as much as the 2005, perhaps even slightly more because while it has structure, the tannins are less aggressive and there is more succulence, flesh and texture in the 2009.

James Suckling

Rating: 98

A wine, with intense spice and berry character, with hints of sweet tobacco. It changes all the time from flowers to fruit and wet earth. Full-bodied, with super fine tannins and ripe fruit. It's long and juicy with lovely fruit. Super long and beautiful, with fine tannins that last for minutes. Tight now, but juicy and gorgeous. Best ever from here. Try in 2020.

Neil Martin, The Wine Advocate

Rating: 95

Tasted at Wine Future Hong Kong. The Malescot St. Exupery has a tightly wound bouquet that needs coaxing from the glass, but it has very fine delineation with rich ripe blackberry, dark plum, a touch of cassis and well-integrated vanillary new oak that will need several years to integrate. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannins, sumptuous in style, sleek and stylish. The word that sums up this Margaux is panache...sheer panache. Tasted November 2011.

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