2012 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
This is soft and pretty with currant and berry character and hints of wet earth. Full body, with fine tannins and a fresh and lively finish. Refined and beautiful. Juicy and long. Sweet fruit in the center palate.
This is distinctive, with a roasted alder streak running through an enticing core of crushed plum, blackberry and black currant confiture flavors. Long and velvety on the finish, with bay, tobacco and black tea accents checking in. This is suave, with fruit and terroirin spades, particularly for the vintage. Best from 2017 through 2025.—
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine offers attractive floral notes intermixed with notions of lavender, black currants, black cherries, smoke and earth. It is another successful effort from an estate that has been consistently producing exceptional wines in all the finest vintages over the last 15-20 years. An attractive, seductive, dense ruby/purple-hued, medium-bodied 2012, it finishes with some shortness, but everything leading up to the finish is impressive. Like most of these 2012s that possess a certain forward appeal, it should drink well for 12-15 years. (RP)
Barrel sample. This concentrated wine brings out all the qualities of 2012 -juicy black fruit and great swathes of fresh acidity. It's a finely balanced wine.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright medium red. Lively, very pure aromas of blueberry, raspberry, mocha and violet. Dense and juicy, with bright acidity nicely framing the sweet dark cherry and floral flavors. Finishes long, with tannins that are firm but not dry. A major success in this vintage.
Very dense looking. Really interesting nose - draws you in. Cool finish. Pretty snazzy really. Nothing overdone. Great balance. Racy finish. Hint of foxgloves and masses of still unformed fruit. This should be interesting to follow. Drink 2020-2045. 17.5/20 points.