Malescot Saint Exupery 2007

Margaux, Third Growth

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Tasting Notes

The 2007 Malescot-St-Exupery feels a little smudged and labored on the nose: jammy red fruit mixed with cigar box and dried autumn leaves. The palate is medium-bodied with sharp acidity on the entry, dusky black fruit and a slightly bitter, mealy finish. I have tasted far superior wines from this estate in recent years, but even so, I was expecting a little more. Tasted March 2015.

Score: 86

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2015-2020 30 June 2017

Again, this has a distinctive nose, something quite briny suffusing the black, vanillary fruit. Touches of black cherries and briary. The palate is better, good fruit concentration and firm tannins, a little oaky towards the very dry finish. Quite masculine for a Margaux. Rather foursquare and conservative.

Score: 85 - 87

Neal Martin, 08 April 2008

This exhibits plum, milk chocolate and light toasty oak aromas. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins, delicious fruit and a medium finish. Very balanced and nicely textured. Enjoy the softness. Best after 2013. 8,335 cases made.

Score: 90

James Suckling, Wine Spectator 31 March 2010

Balanced and fruity, with strawberry, tobacco and light chocolate character. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicate finish.

Score: 86 - 89

James Suckling, Wine Spectator 31 March 2008

Elegant notes of Chinese black tea, black currants, licorice, and flowers emerge from this excellent, medium-bodied, supple-textured Margaux. As the wine sat in the glass, a bit of raspy tannins started to push through, which lowered my score a point or two. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

Score: 89

Robert Parker, Maturity: 2010-2018 31 March 2010

Score: 91 - 93

Robert Parker, Maturity: Not Stated 01 May 2008

(12.4% alcohol after a bit of osmose inverse Good dark red-ruby. Pure aromas of dark berries and licorice, with a peppery lift. Sweet and spicy, with very good fruit intensity and a chocolatey impression of ripeness. Finishes with good fruity persistence but not the verve or grip of the best years.

Score: 88 - 90

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 01 May 2008

Rather dull, greyish crimson with light oak on the nose. Quite refreshing with a certain malted milk easy impact. Then pretty green on the finish. Sandpaper tannins. Some decent length. Good life to it.

Score: 15

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2012-2016 10 April 2008

Fine purple-red, quite lifted blackcurrant fruit, natural and pure expression, good depth of fruit on palate, not showing much yet, but has good potential. Drink 2013-20.

Score: 17

Decanter Maturity: 2013-2020 08 April 2008