Malescot Saint Exupéry 2011


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Tasting Notes

This small estate (only 130,000 bottles were produced in 2011) has been on a qualitative tear for a number of years. A fragrant perfume of spring flowers, black raspberries, blueberries and cassis is followed by a wine with medium-bodied, juicy flavors, sweet tannin and a broad, generous mouthfeel. A terrific 2011, it should be at its peak in 2-4 years, and last for 15 or more. Bravo!

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

This dense ruby/purple-colored, opulently-styled 2011 displays terrific fruit intensity, velvety, well-integrated tannins, surprising density and richness as well as decent acidity. Notes of ink, blueberry liqueur and creme de cassis are present in this medium to full-bodied, flamboyant Margaux. It should drink nicely for 15 or more years.

Score: 91/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the Malescot has a perfumed bouquet with dark plum, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit. It has very fine lift for the vintage. The palate has good weight on the entry with plump mulberry fruit laced with spice. It is a little chunky compared to the 2010 but it makes a good effort in a difficult vintage, plus the oak is well integrated towards the finish. This may warrant a higher score after bottling. Tasted April 2012.

Score: 89/91Neal Martin,, April 2012

A wine that has a dense core of fruit, with blackberry and licorice character. Full body with velvety tannins and fresh finish. Balance and character are two words that come to mind for this wine. Better in 2018.

Score: 92James Suckling,, February 2014

Black licorice and blueberries on the nose and palate. Medium to full body, with fine tannins and a juicy finish. Delicate and caressing.

Score: 91/92James Suckling,, April 2012

This is a Margaux property that has beefed up its wines in recent years but they are less powerful and extracted than those of Lascombes. Michel Rolland consults here. 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot in 60% new oak. Sometimes this can be not very Margaux-like but always impressive. This 2011 has a red and black fruit character with a touch of prunes. Plenty of richness, with hits of chocolates and toast. Good ripeness for the vintage.

Score: 15.5+Farr Vintners, March 2012

The nose feels quite sweet light but ripe fruited. The black fruits on the palate are fresh more bramble and bilberry with towards the back the firm tannins tending to dominate and hold back the fruit expression.

Score: 87/90Derek Smedley MW, April 2012

Strikingly aromatic blackcurrant fruit, very good natural richness of flavour, a slight greenness that will blend out, good potential and good length. Drink 2015-2025.

Score: 17Steven Spurrier,, April 2012

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