2003 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux

SKU #1025514 92 points Wine Spectator

 Plenty of blackberry and floral aromas with hints of new wood. Full-bodied, chewy and rich with round tannins and a long finish. Very tight. Lovely silky texture.  (3/2006)

91 points James Suckling

 Slightly cooked dark fruits with a coffee and chocolate undertone on the nose. Full bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and a long fruity finish. Very yummy. No need to wait, but it will be better in two or three years.  (3/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Showing no signs of age, this fully mature, dark plum/ruby-colored 2003 offers notes of forest floor, spring flowers, spice box and tobacco leaf. It possesses all the finesse one would expect, which is surprising in such a hot year. This medium-bodied Margaux should continue to drink well for a decade or more. (RP)  (8/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium ruby, dark for the vintage. Explosive aromas of roasted currant, coffee, game, and leather. Fat and full in the mouth, with an exotic chocolate flavor; chewy and rich but not a sweet style, despite its very low acidity and high pH. The tannins are broad but not dry, and the roasted fruit flavors build impressively on the back. (ST)  (6/2006)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Barrel Sample* A surprising success from a lesser known chateau. This third growth has produced a finely balanced wine with black fruits and wood flavors.  (6/2004)

K&L Notes

91 points Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at Farr Vintner’s Left Bank tasting. A fine, floral bouquet with good definition and lift: black cherries, boysenberry, warm bricks and violets. The palate is full-bodied with firm supple tannins, very good fruit concentration that leads to a plump, generous finish that brims with blackberry, raspberry, pencil lead and cedar. This is very impressive." (03/2011)

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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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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.