Ruby-red. Sexy aromas of red berries, tobacco, coffee and chocolatey oak. Fat and supple, with red berry and tarry oak flavors. Ripe and fleshy in the middle without being overly sweet. But not yet revealing its personality. Finishes with broad, slightly dry tannins. In an awkward stage today.
89+ points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (May 2004)
Given how splendid recent vintages have been, I expected a bit more from Malescot Saint-Exupery, clearly a property on the rebound over the last decade or so. The elegant 2001 is Margaux-like in its fragrant plum, cassis, and floral-scented nose. Medium-bodied, light, but pretty, it offers notes of red and black fruits, supple tannin, and a polished, straightforward finish. Drink it over the next 10-11 years.
88 points, Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate (Issue # 153 - Jun 2004)
A delicious red with blackberry and hints of dark chocolate. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Balanced and refined. Best after 2005. 6,390 cases made.
88 points, James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 2004)