Malescot Saint Exupéry 2017


This is a 28 hectare Margaux property that has beefed up its wines in recent years. Michel Rolland consults here. Sometimes this is not very Margaux-like, but always impressive. The vineyard is planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.


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Tasting Notes

Deep colour, particularly for Margaux this year. The nose is spicy, with lots of vanilla and Arabica coffee on the nose. The palate is chunky, rich and chewy, with fleshy cherry and plums, and flashy new oak. Perhaps not a typical style for the region or the vintage, but the sweetness and richness is certainly appealing and not overdone. If the oak integrates and settles with time, this should be a delicious, hedonistic treat.

Score: 15+Farr Vintners, April 2018

The 2017 Malescot St. Exupéry has a simpler bouquet than recent vintages with high-toned red cherry and raspberry fruit, quite “warm” compared to its peers and it would benefit from a little more delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It is not a complex Malescot St. Exupéry but I admire the balance and focus. There is plenty of tightly wound red berry fruit laced with cedar and smoke, quite finessed towards the finish with a long spicy aftertaste. I would just like the aromatics to step up to the grade of the palate, so let’s see how this shows once in bottle. 2022 - 2040

Score: 91/93Neal Martin,, May 2018

A fantastic 2017 from Margaux with a deep and ripe core of fruit in the center palate. Silky and juicy tannins. Full body, plenty of fruit and a long, flavorful finish.

Score: 95/96James Suckling,, April 2018

Malescot Saint Exupéry comes across as very ripe in 2017. There is no shortage of depth or intensity, but ripeness is pushed to the edge, while the wine's structure – arguably its greatest signature – seems to be lacking. I don't see much typicity in the 2017. Malescot Saint Exupéry is often one of my personal favorites in Margaux, but the 2017 left me wanting more of its typical character and personality. Tasted two times.

Score: 89/91Antonio Galloni,, May 2018

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Malescot St. Exupery is scented of crushed red and black cherries, warm plums and mulberries with touches of roses and wood smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of vibrant red and black fruits and soft, plush tannins, with a long, perfumed finish.

Score: 91/93Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

Dark greyish crimson. Smoky cassis nose. Pretty dilute on the mid palate. Fresh enough but really lacks a core to hold for the long term. (JH)
Drink 2022-2027

Score: 15Julia Harding MW,, April 2018

Fragrant and fresh the black fruits backed by red the start of the palate light. There is slightly more depth and rich fruit at the back but it finishes fresh and lacking intnsity. 2024-35

Score: 85/88Derek Smedley MW,, April 2018

This is fairly substantial on the palate, although the fruit is just a notch below full ripeness. They have done a good job here, producing an enjoyable wine. There is evidence of winemaking on show which is skilfully carried out, but it just finishes a little short. Enjoyable medium term drinking from owner Jean-Luc Zuger.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2038

Score: 90Jane Anson,, April 2018

This is a dry wine and it is trying to ‘re-hydrate’ its palate which is missing some much-wanted fruit. There is a shell of a decent wine here, but I cannot imagine that it will balance out with age. Close, but ultimately not ripe enough.

Score: 15.5Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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