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Malescot St. Exupéry 2011, 3rd Growth Margaux

Bright, dark, rubied colour, this bottle has lots of interesting dry extract (rose, violets, lavender, with quality freshness (strawberries fruit) and fruit precision(blackcurrant, pastilles). The structure of this 2011 is magnificent. It starts with smoky cassis and new oak (mocha coffee and vanilla); there is also good purity of fruit (ripe red, dark to mix), a bright core and well-worked tannins. With good length as a Cru, this wine is easy without losing the intensity; palate tension is balanced and drinks very fine for all occasions. Scores are consistent: JS92, RP93. If you look for a super complex Margaux, this 2011 Malescote St Exupery may not be for you.

For vintage 2011, harvest picked late between 9 and 20 October. So there is always some pastille tones/shades to the fruit. Vinification/ Maturation Temperature controlled and matured in 100% new oak; hence the wine is bold and powerful. It undergoes malolactic in barrel depending on the vintage. Aged on lees with stirring, it gives some adequate intensity and complexities. 13-14 months barrel ageing before being racked without fining or filtration. ABV is just right at 13.5%, so this wine is fulled-bodied. Composition means creating better complexity over time: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot. Soil gravel overlying chalk or marl slopes towards the Gironde. Fruit picked into trays to prevent crushing.

Parker et al. awards 93 points and writes, 'This dense ruby/purple-colored, opulently-styled 2011 displays terrific fruit intensity, velvety, well-integrated tannins, surprising density and richness as well as decent acidity. Notes of ink, blueberry liqueur and creme de cassis are present in this medium to full-bodied, flamboyant Margaux. It should drink nicely for 15 or more years.'

JS awards 92 points and writes, 'A wine that has a dense core of fruit, with blackberry and licorice character. Full body with velvety tannins and fresh finish. Balance and character are two words that come to mind for this wine. Better in 2018.'


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