2005 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux

SKU #1044511 97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Exhibits blackberry, mineral, currant and dark chocolate. Full and velvety, with lots of fruit and chewy tannins. Long and caressing, with incredibly sweet fruit and tannins on the finish. Goes on for minutes. A thoroughly gorgeous wine. *Highly Recommended, Top 100 Wines of 2008* (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2008)

96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A beautiful wine, once again, from this property that has been on a superb qualitative roll for several decades. Dense ruby/purple with notes of graphite, background oak, youthful crème de cassis and blackberry fruit as well as a floral underpinning, it is medium to full-bodied, textured, rich and impressive. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2015)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot presents aromas of dark plum and blackberry fruit with notes of spice, sweet chocolate, and a firmly earthy edge. The texture on the palate features plenty of well-managed tannins, lovely density, and satisfying length. (CC) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Superripe berry and chocolate aromas, with a whiff of surmaturite Fat, sweet and large-scaled, offering extraordinary volume and an almost syrupy thickness leavened by surprisingly sound acidity. This saturates the entire mouth yet manages to avoid coming off as heavy. Finishes very long and sweet, with thoroughly integrated tannins. 'The best vintage since 1961,' notes Jean-Luc Zuger. 'This is the kind of wine I like.' He advises early drinkers to give this 2005 about four hours in a decanter. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2008)

K&L Notes

94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Château Malescot St. Exupery 2005 has a deep garnet colour. The nose is quite austere at first and then once it gets to know you, it flourishes with brambly black fruit, wild strawberry, cedar and graphite - like many, almost Pauillac-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with dense ripe tannin. There is enormous weight and presence here, layers of powerful spicy red fruit, a very fine line of acidity and a killer line of graphite on the finish." (02/2015)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2013 | Send Email
One of the great wines of the vintage. Very deep and concentrated. A little clove and cinnamon on the nose and on the palate. Very mouth-coating. An older school wine with great balance. Broad, fantastic wine. Will last a long time. Fabulous buy. **1/2

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2009 | Send Email
Barrel tasting the 2005 vintage in Bordeaux two years ago, this was an absolute standout in an ocean of outstanding wines. Re-tasting it the other day confirmed that it has explosive aromas of crushed flowers, blackberry fruit, mocha and violets. The body is thick and powerful, yet elegant, with deep, ripe, dark fruit, tobacco and powerful yet very ripe tannin. Truly an aristocratic wine.

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