2010 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux

SKU #1136340 95 points James Suckling

 A wine with beautiful strawberry and chocolate with hints of pie crust. It's full-bodied with super integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Needs at least four to five years to really come together but so wonderful. Not the amazing 2009 but clearly outstanding.  (11/ 2013)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Gorgeous, flowery, classic Margaux once again, the 2010 Malescot St.-Exupery continues to show virtually no toasty oak, given the impeccable balance and full-bodied, full-throttle style it possesses. Black raspberries, creme de cassis and spring floral notes intermixed with forest floor and a hint of charcoal are followed by an opulent, sexy, full-bodied wine whose tannins have become much sweeter, while the wine is less restrained yet still exuberant and impressive. This is a phenomenal example once again for this estate, harmonious in every sense of style, extraordinarily long, rich and ageworthy. Three to four years of bottle age will do wonders to make it more accessible, but this wine is set for 25-30 years of longevity.  (2/ 2013)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 **Best Buy** Sweet and juicy, a wine that has the potential to be delicious. The tannins are certainly prominent, although with good sweetness. Finally very structured.  (6/ 2011)

94 points Wine Spectator

 This delivers a slightly chewy-edged feel, with charcoal and roasted alder hints holding sway over the core of steeped damson plum, black currant and anise notes. Shows grip through the finish, but stays long, featuring a lovely backdrop of tar and warm stone. The excellent range and drive should pay off in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030.  (3/ 2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry liqueur, flowers and cedary cigar box. A sweet, dense midweight with penetrating red cherry and floral flavors accented by sound acidity. Nothing thick or heavy about this wine but it possesses plenty of chewy depth. Boasts excellent early balance but has the firm, sweet tannins and finishing bite and length for at least a couple decades of positive evolution in bottle.  (8/ 2013)

Decanter

 *Highly Recommended* Striking fragrance of cassis-Cabernet fruit with a hint of greenness that adds lift, very good extraction and florality beginning to emerge, will show fascinating complexity over time. Drink 2018-30. (17.5/20 points)  (4/ 2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Aromatic with good, ripe fruit on the palate. Firm tannins. Better than most.  (2/ 2014)

K&L Notes

**+ 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. This has a lush texture, with meaty undertones on the palate.

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By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/13/2014  | Send Email
This beauty is young, but it's already enticing and well-knit. Sanguine, plummy, with black cherry fruit on the nose. This is ripe, but not overripe, with lovely lift and tension. One of my favorite 2010s.

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/24/2014  | Send Email
Dark Garnet color. Very alluring nose of plums, cocoa, forest floor, cassis. Seamless palate with the tannins and acidity very well knitted. I did decant it before serving, and the cassis came out beautifully. Outstanding.

By: Mulan Chan-Randel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/15/2013  | Send Email
Full and lush, with violets, cocoa, black cherry, plum. Full-bodied, with medium++ very fine tannins. Finishes with a gorgeous hint of almond blossom. Elegant and classy.

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/12/2013  | Send Email
Seamless and plush, with hints of chocolate and mint on the nose and chocolate-covered cherry flavors on the palate. This wine is hedonistic, sexy and tough to spit out.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/12/2013  | Send Email
Mint and cocoa, with cassis and spice on the palate and finish.

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/12/2013  | Send Email
Another seamless wine that shows lush black cherries, mocha and spice. The wine is velvety on the mid-palate with silky tannins.

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Varietal:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.