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Château Malescot St Exupéry Margaux

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Château Malescot St Exupéry Margaux 2009

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Rated as highly as wines costing thirty times as much.

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€155.00

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Wine Spectator's Top 2009
Bordeaux Malescot St. Exupery vs. First Growths:

Wine Retail Price Score
Petrus $4000 97-100
Latour $2900 97-100
Haut-Brion $1500 97-100
Mouton Rothschild $1400 97-100
Malescot St. Exupery $139 97-100
Lafite Rothschild $2000 96-99
Margaux $1800 96-99

               

In 1827, the Count of St. Exupéry purchased Château Malescot and the surrounding 15 acres of vineyards and then renamed his estate Château Malescot St. Exupéry. But the wine business of the 19th century bore little resemblance to that of today. Twenty-six years later, following the death of the count, his widow was obliged to auction off this now-priceless domaine just a stone's throw from Château Margaux. (A quick side note: For those of us who spent hundreds of evenings reading bedtime stories to kids who refused to close their eyes, you surely remember Le Petit Prince, whose author was Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the Count's great-grandson. If you're a history buff, you may also recall that Antoine was both a novelist and an aviator, and was shot down off the coast of Nazi-occupied France on July 31st, 1944, while flying a reconnaissance mission on behalf of the American army.)

After spending a week on Bordeaux's Left and Right Banks, tasting 127 barrel samples from the 2014 vintage, there was quite a bit of talk about the sudden spike in price of the top 2009s. Drawn from a warm, dry, near perfect growing season that Parker compared to the monumental 1899, 1929, 1949 and 1959 vintages, the vintage's superstars turned out luscious, sleekly contoured Bordeaux blends that marry Napa-like concentration with textbook Left Bank backbone.

All are drinking beautifully now, but as Parker was first to point out, they will age gracefully for the next 25 years. Wine Spectator rated the monumental 2009 campaign 96-99 points, the highest vintage rating in the publication's history. Not surprisingly, First Growths Château Latour (97-100 points/now $2,900 bottle!), Haut-Brion (97-100/$1,500), Lafite-Rothschild (96-99/$2,000), and Mouton-Rothschild (97-100/$1,400) crafted some of their greatest wines of the modern era. But when the dust finally settled, the Spectator's drop-dead bargain of 2009 would also be the ONLY under-$300 bottle to merit a 100-point mention.

Outpointing neighboring Château Margaux (96-99 points/$1,800) and Château Palmer was the 2009 Château Malescot St. Exupéry, matching Chateau Latour at 97-100! A word to the wise: If you are enamored of the plushness and polish of Margaux, and equally enthralled by the incredible opulence of 2009 — what many believe to be the greatest vintage in Margaux since Antoine de St. Exupéry's plane was shot down off the coast of France — buy EVERY BOTTLE you can afford of the Château Malescot de St. Exupéry. The 2009 Malescot St. Exupéry is opaque purple. Plush and voluminous aromatically, featuring a suave mix of black raspberry, black currant preserves, and Asian spice.

Massively concentrated, silken in texture, this is a 2009 of exquisite purity and density, finishing with tremendous persistence and energy. Parker suggests a drinking window of 2018-2040. Wine Spectator suggests now-2030. We are leaning in Mr. Parker's direction.

Not surprisingly, lots of critical consensus here. 97-100 points from Wine Spectator. 98 points from James Suckling. 96 from Parker. 

"This is absolutely fabulous. I love the complex aromas of ripe fruit and fresh flowers that turn to mineral and raspberry, along with tannins on the finish. This changes all the time. Full-bodied and dense, but so beautiful and long. The layers of ultra-fine tannins just turn off the tip of your tongue." 97-100 points -- Wine Spectator

"A wine with intense spice and berry character, with hints of sweet tobacco. It changes all the time from flowers to fruit and wet earth. Full-bodied, with super fine tannins and ripe fruit. It's long and juicy with lovely fruit. Super long and beautiful, with fine tannins that last for minutes. Tight now, but juicy and gorgeous. Best ever from here. Try in 2020." 98 points -- James Suckling

"An inky/purple color is followed by notes of Asian plum sauce, forest floor, creme de cassis, black raspberries and a floral component that is unusual for a Margaux. A wine of exceptional intensity and purity with a full-bodied, sumptuous texture, lots of fresh vibrancy and excellent definition, this beautiful 2009 exhibits high but sweet tannin. It is more sexy than the 2005 was at a similar age, although their level of extract and concentration is relatively equal. Something about the 2009 reminds me of a Margaux version of St.-Julien's Leoville Poyferre ... if that makes any sense. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040." 96 points -- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

 

Château Malescot St Exupéry Margaux 2009

 

Additional Information

Vintage 2009
Grape variety 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot , 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
ABV 14.00%
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