2005 Chateau Malescot St.-Exupery

Year: 2005
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 97
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 90-92--Jeff Leve: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :


2008 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #18

"Exhibits blackberry, mineral, currant and dark chocolate. Full and velvety, with lots of fruit and chewy tannins. Long and caressing, with incredibly sweet fruit and tannins on the finish. Goes on for minutes. A thoroughly gorgeous wine. Best after 2015. 6,615 cases made." (WS)

"A beautiful wine, once again, from this property that has been on a superb qualitative roll for several decades. Dense ruby/purple with notes of graphite, background oak, youthful crème de cassis and blackberry fruit as well as a floral underpinning, it is medium to full-bodied, textured, rich and impressive. Still in a somewhat adolescent stage, it should hit full maturity in another 2-3 years and last at least two decades." (WA)

"($125-$190; 13.8% natural alcohol) Bright ruby-red. Superripe berry and chocolate aromas, with a whiff of surmaturite Fat, sweet and large-scaled, offering extraordinary volume and an almost syrupy thickness leavened by surprisingly sound acidity. This saturates the entire mouth yet manages to avoid coming off as heavy. Finishes very long and sweet, with thoroughly integrated tannins. "The best vintage since 1961," notes Jean-Luc Zuger. "This is the kind of wine I like." He advises early drinkers to give this 2005 about four hours in a decanter." (VM)

"90–92 A fine, perfumed wine which has ripe fruits, flavored with herbs and with fresh acidity. The tannins are dense but not overwhelming, giving a well-balanced wine, already integrated." (WE)

"Deep in color, the wine is tight and requires coaxing to find the tobacco, earth, boysenberry and cigar box scents. Rich, deep, fat and fleshy, the sweet boysenberry, licorice, chocolate and kirsch sensations remain in your mouth for over 40 seconds. This is developing well. If you don’t have some in your cellar, it’s worth purchasing at today’s tariff. 95 points - Tasted May 19, 2013" (JL)