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2020 Château Malescot St Exupéry En Primeur

We suggest adding 2020 Château Malescot St Exupéry to your cellar, described as "an under-the-radar gem" by Jeb Dunnuck.  This is a lovely Margaux, with some scores for this vintage equalling Rauzan Ségla, but at £462 per dozen it is only a little over half the price!  James Suckling and Lisa Perotti-Brown MW put it at a potential 98 and 97 points respectively, with Suckling suggesting this is the best in the recent trilogy of vintages.  Malescot usually offers intense blackcurrant fruit character, but this vintage is even more intense than usual, with excellent purity and classic Margaux velvet tannins.

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Château Malescot St Exupéry, Margaux

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Château Malescot St Exupéry, Margaux

Château Malescot St Exupéry is a Troisième Grand Cru Classé in the commune of Margaux. It takes its name from two former owners: Simon Malescot, a royal councillor to the Bordeaux parliament, who acquired the estate in 1697, and Count Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Exupéry, who owned it from 1827 to 1853.  

Paul Zuger and his son, Roger, purchased the château, located in the middle of the town of Margaux, in June 1955.  The 45-hectare estate has 23.5 hectares of vines on a terroir that overlooks the river, planted to 50 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 % Merlot, 10 % Cabernet Franc and 5 % Petit Verdot.

A piece of trivia: years ago, we asked current owner Jean-Luc Zuger if the Count Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Exupéry was related to de Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. We're pretty sure he said he was (possibly his grandfather).


RED 2020 3 cases Château Malescot St Exupery 75cl £395 per case of 12 Château Malescot St Exupery
2020 / 3 cases / 75cl
£395 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"Cask sample. Opulent black fruit on the nose and palate, very finely polished in purity, and the structure is similarly smooth. Lovely black-cherry note as well as liquorice and soy to give savoury context. 17 points" (RH)------"Enjoyable black fruit aromatics on the nose, they do a good job here of soft pedalling the extraction on the attack, although by the mid palate we are in bitter chocolate and liquorice territory. Again, concentration and intensity is an overriding signature of the vintage. 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend. A yield of 31hl/ha. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040. 92 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"The 2020 Malescot Saint Exupéry offers up scents of scorched earth, licorice, smoke, gravel and menthol. Powerful, bold and savory, the 2020 possesses remarkable depth and tons of character. Malescot has been one of the under the radar gems in Bordeaux these last few years. The 2020 is another gorgeous wine from the château. 93-95 points" Antonio Galloni,"Lots of cassis, blackberries, toasted spices, and vanilla-tinged oak define the nose of the 2020 Château Malescot Saint Exupery, and it’s medium to full-bodied, round, and supple on the palate. With velvety tannins, terrific mid-palate depth, and the classic purity of fruit that’s the hallmark of the vintage, it builds nicely with time in the glass and is another incredibly impressive Margaux that will have two decades or more of prime drinking. 93-95 points""The 2020 Malescot St. Exupery was picked at 31hl/ha. It has a bouquet that I would describe as controlled opulence: lavish blueberry, Dorset plums, crushed violet and incense burst from the glass... but in orderly fashion. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe and succulent tannins that lend this Margaux a fleshy texture, yet there is clearly ample structure, as well as marvelous salinity and precision on the finish. This 2020 continues the purple patch for this property and comes highly recommended. 94-96 points" Neal Martin,"Sporting a deep purple-black color, the 2020 Malescot St. Exupery prances out of the glass with showy scents of ripe black and red currants, black cherries, raspberry leaves and ground cloves, plus wafts of lilacs and tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating black and red fruit layers with a firm, grainy texture and well-balanced acidity, finishing on a lingering fragrant-earth note. 95-97 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown,"Solid red with blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and spice. Lots of hazelnut, too. It’s full-bodied with chewy, polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Best of the trilogy vintages? 97-98 points"

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