2010 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
A wine with beautiful strawberry and chocolate with hints of pie crust. It's full-bodied with super integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Needs at least four to five years to really come together but so wonderful. Not the amazing 2009 but clearly outstanding.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Gorgeous, flowery, classic Margaux once again, the 2010 Malescot St.-Exupery continues to show virtually no toasty oak, given the impeccable balance and full-bodied, full-throttle style it possesses. Black raspberries, creme de cassis and spring floral notes intermixed with forest floor and a hint of charcoal are followed by an opulent, sexy, full-bodied wine whose tannins have become much sweeter, while the wine is less restrained yet still exuberant and impressive. This is a phenomenal example once again for this estate, harmonious in every sense of style, extraordinarily long, rich and ageworthy. Three to four years of bottle age will do wonders to make it more accessible, but this wine is set for 25-30 years of longevity.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(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.
Sweet and juicy, a wine that has the potential to be delicious. The tannins are certainly prominent, although with good sweetness. Finally very structured.
This delivers a slightly chewy-edged feel, with charcoal and roasted alder hints holding sway over the core of steeped damson plum, black currant and anise notes. Shows grip through the finish, but stays long, featuring a lovely backdrop of tar and warm stone. The excellent range and drive should pay off in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030.
**+ 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.