Château Malescot St. Exupéry 2023

Château Malescot St. Exupéry 2023

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Margaux, Third Growth. 

58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.

Chateau Malescot St. Exupéry is located in the Margaux appellation of Bordeaux.The estate is owned by the Zuger family who bought the estate in 1955. The vineyard is seven hectares and the many years of hard work that they have put in has seen the property reinstated to its former glory. The vineyard is home to the classic Bordeaux varieties. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

James Suckling: 96-97/100
This has a very deep and beautiful palate with cherries, chocolate, hazelnut and orange peel. Pretty blackcurrants and blue berries, too. Medium body. The finish has gorgeous al-dente fruit at the end and is always subtle.

William Kelley - Wine Advocate: 93-95/100
One of the most suave, classy vintages from this estate in some years, the 2023 Malescot St. Exupery is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Wafting from the glass with aromas of cherries, berries, licorice and pencil shavings, it`s medium to full-bodied, fleshy and succulent, with good depth at the core, supple tannins and a harmonious, integrated profile.

Antonio Galloni - Vinous: 92-94/100
The 2023 Malescot St. Exupéry is a powerful Margaux that will need a bit of time to come together. Potent tannins wrap around a core of red/purplish fruit, lavender, mint and dried herbs. These days, Malescot is not quite as unyielding as it used to be, but this remains a decidedly old-school Margaux in style and overall philosophy.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Independent: 92-93/100
The 2023 Malescot St. Exupery is medium to deep garnet-purple in color. It offers up classic scents of blackcurrants, kirsch, and pencil shavings followed by nuances of crushed rocks and cardamom. The medium-bodied palate delivers a firm frame of grainy tannins and well-knit freshness to support the taut black fruit, finishing long with a minerally lift.

Jane Anson: 92/100
Dark plum colour, this is inky, richly oaked, right on brand, with cloves, cassis, liqourice and cocoa dusting. Léa Zuger come back five years ago from Cananda to take over at the estate from her father who is looking to retire, and she is looking to lower the oak influence over next few years. Michel Rolland continues to work with them (as of 1991) himself, which is unusual these days. 60% new oak, harvest september 19 though to October 10. 39hl/h yield, 26.8ha in production right now because just pulled out their Cabernet Franc and will replant with Cabernet Sauvignon.