2004 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux

SKU #1035490 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A fine, perfumed wine which has ripe fruits, flavored with herbs and with fresh acidity. The tannins are dense but not overwhelming, giving a well-balanced wine, already integrated.  (6/ 2005)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Although one of the appellation’s more tannic 2004s, the tannin is beautifully balanced by sweet black currant fruit, spring flower, camphor, and licorice notes. This impeccably well-made, medium-bodied Margaux reveals a lovely integration of acidity, tannin, and wood. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following two decades. This estate appears to be performing at a high quality level over recent vintages.  (6/ 2007)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Expressive nose offers espresso, mocha and smoked meat. Silky, suave and seamless, with a rare opulence for the year. There's a distinct sweetness to the flavors of currant and tobacco. Finishes with very fine, ripe, building tannins and a note of chocolate.  (6/ 2007)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 A savory and lean Margaux, stylish in its depth of fruit and model-thin tannins, this wine has lovely fresh flavors of cassis. With air, it gains in juiciness and length of fruit while also intensifying its firm, sleek stance. This should age gracefully for eight to ten years from the vintage.  (10/ 2007)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Interesting aromas of dried flowers and currant on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a round, caressing finish. Very balanced and stylish. Best after 2011.  (3/ 2007)

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By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/20/2008  | Send Email
Robert Parker calls this the “quintessential expression of finesse, power, and terroir” and I couldn’t agree more. This is powerful for the vintage, but wonderfully balanced and perfumed with flowers, black fruits and a touch of licorice. Decant now or cellar.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Margaux

- 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.