2010 Chateau Malescot St.-Exupery (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93-96
Wine Advocate: 94-96
Vinous Media: 91-94
Jeff Leve: 96-97
James Suckling: 96-97
Red Wine


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"Fresh and lively, with lots of prominent but silky tannins carrying the mouthwatering plum, red currant and black cherry fruit. Rock-solid, with great buried acidity and a long, vivid finish." (WS)

"This estate, which has been on a qualitative crescendo for over ten years, has made a prodigious 2010 that ranks alongside their 2009, 2005 and 2000. A gorgeous fragrance of spring flowers, cedarwood, black and red currants and hints of spice box and subtle oak is followed by a generously endowed, full-bodied, opulent wine with layers of concentration, a restrained yet exuberant personality, superb fruit purity and a long finish. There is plenty of tannin, no doubt elevated alcohol and wonderful freshness as well as delicacy. This beauty should drink well for 25 or more years." (WA)

"(58% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 8% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot) Good, full ruby-purple. Flamboyant, pure aromas of cassis, violet, gunflint and vanilla on the enticing nose. Then sweet, plush and broad, stuffed with opulent ripe dark berry, candied violet and licorice flavors. The melting tannins on the impressively long finish give this wine an early accessibility, but it also has the structure and weight to age extremely well. An excellent Malescot Saint-Exupery, even if it tastes more like Pomerol than Margaux. Purists may like it less than I did."(IWC)

"Malescot St. Exupery Blending 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot with the remainder evenly split between Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this Margaux wine reached 14% alcohol. This is not a taste by the numbers wine. There is no sensation of heat in this beauty. Aromas of tobacco, cigar ash, stone, blackberry and floral scents pop from the glass with little effort. Mouth coating layers of concentrated, dense, ripe, sweet dark berries, powerful tannins and freshness. Rich, thick and flavorful, with a boatload of tannin, this Bordeaux wine will require over a decade of time in the cellar. Pairing high quality, style and price, this merits serious attention." (JL)

"This is a 2005 Malescot in the making. And that was stunning. I love the blueberries, chocolate and nuts on the nose and palate. The finish lasts for minutes with so much . Goes on and on. I want to drink this! Wow.$$" (JS)