2010 Malescot St. Exupery (750ml)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaux, Bordeaux, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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There have been numerous names – royalty, famous bankers, foreigners and more – involved with this ancient Margaux estate since its birth in the 1600s. Simon Malescot, in 1697 would be the first to purchase and rename the property, lending the first air of royalty to Malescot in his position as attorney-general to Louis XIV. But the French Revolution would see to it that Malescot was divided, again, and again, and again. Throughout the early 19th century, in fact, Malescot was divided nearly a half dozen times, finally becoming the estate of Comte Saint-Exupery in 1825 when Chateau Malescot Saint-Exupery was officially born.

Sold once more – this time in 1853 due to overwhelming debt - Chateau Malescot Saint-Exupery passed to one Mr. Fourcade; fortuitously, as it would be Fourcade who guided Malescot to its Third Growth classification in the 1855 Classification of the Medoc Chateaux. Upon his death in 1866, Fourcade's beloved – and now greatly expanded – Malescot sold, once again, this time to Mr. Boissac (the man who would build the Chateau currently used on the estate today).

But it would be the arrival of the Zuger family, in 1955 – after decades of additional trading and even confiscating by the French government – which would signal the modern (and greatest) era for Malescot. The Zugers replanted 80% of the vineyards and improved practically every aspect of the property. Still current owners, with Jean Luc Zuger in charge since the 1990s, the Zuger family has catapulted the quality of Chateau Malescot Saint-Exupery and its wines, along with the guiding hand of Michel Rolland as consultant winemaker.

I've fallen in love – again – with the 2010 Chateau Malescot Saint-Exupery; a trend that seems to be repeating itself with each new tasting of 2010s I attend. And I've secured one final parcel – EX-Chateau – at a handsome price for this double 95-point "gorgeous" (per Parker) Margaux. It truly is one of the greatest wines of vintage and appellation.

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Gorgeous, flowery, classic Margaux once again, the 2010 Malescot St.-Exupery continues to show virtually no toasty oak, given the impeccable balance and full-bodied, full-throttle style it possesses. Black raspberries, creme de cassis and spring floral notes intermixed with forest floor and a hint of charcoal are followed by an opulent, sexy, full-bodied wine whose tannins have become much sweeter, while the wine is less restrained yet still exuberant and impressive. This is a phenomenal example once again for this estate, harmonious in every sense of style, extraordinarily long, rich and ageworthy. Three to four years of bottle age will do wonders to make it more accessible, but this wine is set for 25-30 years of longevity.

95 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 205 - Feb 2013)

A wine with beautiful strawberry and chocolate with hints of pie crust. It's full-bodied with super integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Needs at least four to five years to really come together but so wonderful. Not the amazing 2009 but clearly outstanding.

95 points, James Suckling (Nov 2013)

This delivers a slightly chewy-edged feel, with charcoal and roasted alder hints holding sway over the core of steeped damson plum, black currant and anise notes. Shows grip through the finish, but stays long, featuring a lovely backdrop of tar and warm stone. The excellent range and drive should pay off in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030.

94 points, Wine Spectator (Mar 2013)

Good deep ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry liqueur, flowers and cedary cigar box. A sweet, dense midweight with penetrating red cherry and floral flavors accented by sound acidity. Nothing thick or heavy about this wine but it possesses plenty of chewy depth. Boasts excellent early balance but has the firm, sweet tannins and finishing bite and length for at least a couple decades of positive evolution in bottle.

93 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Jul 2013)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%
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