This is a massively impressive Malescot and one of the superstars of Margaux. Packed with flamboyant aromas of liquid minerals, graphite, crème de cassis, damsons, wild summer berries, this is lush, suave, sumptuous, intensely concentrated; an enormous Malescot, which somehow manages to perform a miraculous balancing act. This is complex, chocolaty, mineral, with wonderful texture, balance and silky, refined tannins. An astonishing effort.
Malescot St Exupery is a 3ème Cru Classé, located in the appellation of Margaux.
The wines tend to show more perfume and roundness than neighbour St-Julien, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe, whilst retaining a certain structure and concentration. Margaux is the most southerly and most extensive of the famous Médoc communes, a patchwork of vineyards with lesser parcels classed purely as Haut-Médoc. A myriad of soil mixtures can be found, clay, limestone, and gravel. Though quality is not always consistent here, the potential is great as more Margaux properties were included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc and Graves than any other appellation.
The two leading lights are the highly sought after Châteaux Margaux and Palmer, though there are several other solid performers including Brane-Cantenac, Rauzan-Ségla, Durfort-Vivens, Lascombes, Giscours, Ferrières, Malescot St Exupery and Luc Thienpont’s new boutique vineyard, Clos des Quatre Vents.