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2021 Château Malescot St Exupéry En Primeur

Released this morning and offered en primeur at £444 per dozen bottles, Châteaux Malescot St Exupéry is a charming little gem of a property in the centre of Margaux, just a few hundred metres from Château Margaux itself.  Owned by the Zugers since the 1950s, it has a family-owned feel, but the wines have been getting more and more attention in recent vintages. 

Like Château Margaux itself, the 2021 is exceptionally true to the Margaux style with a savoury elegance.  Galloni awards it 93-95 points, describing it as "another terrific wine from a property that has been trending towards finesse", whilst Suckling scores it 94-95 points.

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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).


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