2003 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
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.
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.
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)
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)
*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.
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)