2011 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This dense ruby/purple-colored, opulently-styled 2011 displays terrific fruit intensity, velvety, well-integrated tannins, surprising density and richness as well as decent acidity. Notes of ink, blueberry liqueur and creme de cassis are present in this medium to full-bodied, flamboyant Margaux. It should drink nicely for 15 or more years.
This is very solid, with a delicious beam of dark currant and plum fruit framed nicely with graphite and espresso notes. Shows depth and length, with well-embedded acidity.
Black licorice and blueberries on the nose and palate. Medium to full body, with fine tannins and a juicy finish. Delicate and caressing.
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.
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.
*½+ I always love this wine, and this year is no different. It just depends on price. Trey: Very fresh and sweet, with crushed blackberries and red currants. Good balance and length; the tannins are integrated and ripe, balanced and pure. 90-92 points. RS: Excellent, pure black/red fruits, perfect wood. A masculine wine for Margaux. A lot like Giscours. *½ AP: So smooth, deep and rich, this wine has dark red fruit, hints of milk chocolate and great density. Wow!