2009 Château Malescot St. Exupery (Bordeaux - Margaux, France) Wine - Red $229.99 (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.