2009 Chateau Malescot St.-Exupery (Case of Twelve OWC)

Year: 2009
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 91+
Wine Entusiast: 88-90
James Suckling: 97+
Jeff Leve: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"This is beautiful, with smoldering tar, espresso and tobacco leaf notes fully melded together, while the core of crushed plum, steeped black currant and blackberry fruit sits in reserve. A twinge of iron adds extra length and definition on the finish. Very suave. Approachable now, but with plenty of stuffing and balance for the cellar as well. Best from 2013 through 2030." (WS)

"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.

This is another fabulous effort from an estate that has been doing extraordinary work over the last 10-15 years. I enjoyed the 2009 as much as the 2005, perhaps even slightly more because while it has structure, the tannins are less aggressive and there is more succulence, flesh and texture in the 2009." (WA)

"($150) Inky ruby. Ripe aromas of plum, blackberry jam and sweet balsamic vinegar. Rich and ripe in the mouth, with lively acidity lifting the creamy black fruit flavors and extending the wine's lightly peppery, very suave finish. Not the most refined or subtle Margaux you'll ever taste but immensely drinkable, and with plenty of depth and concentration to its aromas and flavors." (IWC)

"Packed, fruity wine, dominated by very fresh acidity. The wine is crisp as much as rich, maybe on the lean side." (WE)

"Lots of blueberries and blackberries with hints of dark chocolate. Full bodied, with gorgeous fruit. Loads of dried strawberries with dark chocolate. I love the texture of the velvety tannins. What length and beauty here. Superb. Best ever from this estate. Try after 2019. " (JS)

"2009 Malescot St. Exupery is the color of black and purple ink. Complicated aromatics filled with black cherry, blueberry, flowers, truffle, licorice, blackberries and dark chocolate pop from the glass. This rich, opulent, flamboyant feels like pure satin is coating your mouth. The long finish ends with an array of black and blue fruits, chocolate and spice sensations. This wine merits attention for its sensual style and fair for the level of quality prices. The wine was recently bottled. I would not be surprised if the wine gained another Pt, after its had time to settle." (JL)