Malescot Saint Exupery 2014

Margaux, Third Growth

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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Malescot St. Exupery is one of the few wines that feels reduced on the nose despite rigorous aeration. Reluctantly it offers scents of blackberry, briary and leather. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannin, slightly lower acidity than its peers, moderate depth with a leathery and comparatively oak-driven finish that needs to muster more charm. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.

Score: 91

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2020-2040 01 March 2018

The 2014 Malescot-St-Exupery has a clean, fresh and vibrant bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and cedar scents, a touch of graphite emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red berry fruit laced with cedar and graphite. The acidity is well judged, that pencil lead note heightened towards the finish that demonstrates very fine persistence. I like the swagger and class of this Margaux and I can see this offering two decades of drinking pleasure.

Score: 92

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2020-2040 31 March 2017

The Château Malescot St. Exupery 2014 has a modest nose at first but with aeration is unfurls to reveal raspberry coulis and crushed strawberry scents, floral aromas following soon after. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft, supple entry. This is a fleshy Malescot with a fine seam of acidity and a lattice of lace-like tannin, the fruit turning darker towards the finish, but not quite delivering that knockout punch that you might have found in a more benevolent vintage. Still, this represents a fine Margaux that will be approachable in its youth.

Score: 90 - 92

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2017-2030 01 April 2015

I put the 2014 Malescot Saint Exupery up with the crème de la crème of this vintage and it offers a wonderfully complete, balanced, concentrated style offers loads of class and personality. With loads of blackcurrant and black cherry fruits intermixed with notions of graphite/lead pencil, spring flowers, and damp earth, it’s medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, layered, and ripe, with sweet tannin and rock-solid underlying acidity. This is a straight up gorgeous, classy, elegant Margaux that’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and shine for 15-20 years. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to taste the 2015 for this report.

Score: 93

Jeb Dunnuck, Maturity: 2020-2040 30 November 2017

Dark currants and berries with walnuts on the nose. Follows through to a full body, integrated tannins and a gorgeous finish. Exciting. Wow. Drink in 2020.

Score: 96

James Suckling, 13 February 2017

Very sexy and refined with blackberries and blueberries. Full-bodied with ultra-fine and integrated tannins.

Score: 93 - 94

James Suckling, 27 March 2015

Pronounced with super-ripe black jamminess then a big framework holds it in place with ripe glossy tannins, concentrated fruit at the centre and vibrant acidity.

Score: 91 - 94

Albany Vintners, - 24 April 2015

Mid purple. Interesting, savoury graphite nose. Then sweet elderberry fruit. Round and sweet with less obvious acidity than many of its peers. Some energy here. Should provide satisfying drinking - if the price is right.

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2023-2038 15 April 2015

The 2014 Malescot Saint Exupéry is deep, fleshy and very nicely textured in the glass. Smoke, tobacco, incense and new leather lead to a host of dark red/black-fleshed fruits in a supple, deeply expressive Margaux. Layers of fruit continue to build through to the creamy, inviting finish. Young and bursting at the seams with a real sense of unbridled power, the 2014 is likely to offer many years of fine drinking. This is a wine of pedigree and personality. Tasted twice.

Score: 91 - 94

Antonio Galloni, 01 April 2015

Bright and juicy, with a core of plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit, backed by hints of anise and fruitcake. The apple wood edge on the finish gives this spine. Very solid.

Score: 92 - 95

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 01 April 2015