2011 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
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.
This wine feels solid, with its tannins forming a base for the juicy red- and dark-berry flavors. It shows a dry side and a dense finish.
A bit woodsy in feel now, with a youthfully raw edge, as singed sandalwood and alder notes liberally frame the core of dark cherry, plum and black currant fruit. This has length and drive, with a smoldering feel echoing. Should be among the top examples of the AOC in 2011 after it settles in fully. Best from 2016 through 2028.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Fully saturated ruby-purple color. Perfumed nose offers cassis, bay leaf, cocoa and minerals. Fresh and precise in the mouth, with delicate dark berry and incense flavors. More fruit here than in most other Margaux in 2011, with lively acidity providing clarity and cut. Boasts excellent stuffing but finishes with mounting, slightly dry tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This small estate (only 130,000 bottles were produced in 2011) has been on a qualitative tear for a number of years. A fragrant perfume of spring flowers, black raspberries, blueberries and cassis is followed by a wine with medium-bodied, juicy flavors, sweet tannin and a broad, generous mouthfeel. A terrific 2011, it should be at its peak in 2-4 years, and last for 15 or more. Bravo! (RP)
Barrel tasting: *½+ I always love this wine, and this year is no different. It just depends on price. (Clyde Beffa Jr.)