2013 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1159018 91-92 points James Suckling

 A pretty wine with a solid core of fruit with blueberry and mineral character. Floral. Full body, seamless and long. Racy for the vintage. Half the production. Extremely well done.  (4/2014)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A healthy dense ruby/purple color is followed by sweet cassis fruit and floral notes, excellent texture, and a medium-bodied mouthfeel in this fresh, lively, concentrated 2013. Drink this impressive, well-made Margaux over the next decade.  (8/2014)

88-91 points Vinous

 The 2013 Malescot Saint Exupéry is a bit tight and rough around the edges, but it also offers good persistence and depth. Smoke, violets, tobacco, grilled herbs and cured meats inform the tannic, somewhat burly finish. Tasted twice.  (4/2014)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Bright and direct, with good cherry and raspberry coulis notes laced with a mesquite hint. Nice silky finish. Elegant, with good length.  (4/2014)

89 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Attractive and fruity, this wine is developing quickly. It has juicy black fruits that are giving the wine freshness, but not much weight.  (4/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full ruby. Fresh aromas of redcurrant, licorice and baking spices. Juicy and tight in the mouth, with moderate sweetness and intensity to the flavors of black fruits, herbs, licorice and spicy oak. Finishes moderately long but a little diffuse, with repeating spice and herb notes.  (6/2013)

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Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2014 | Send Email
Big wine with loads of soft, sweet ripe fruit in layers. Good round tannins and lovely finish. Very impressive, tasty, lush wine that will drink well young.**

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2014 | Send Email
Smooth, rich and luxurious this wine has nice deep berry fruit along with mocha notes. There’s a fair amount of grip on this wine.

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- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.