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2009 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux

SKU #1109427 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A wine with intense spice and berry character, with hints of sweet tobacco. It changes all the time from flowers to fruit and wet earth. Full-bodied, with super fine tannins and ripe fruit. It's long and juicy with lovely fruit. Super long and beautiful, with fine tannins that last for minutes. Tight now, but juicy and gorgeous. Best ever from here. Inner quote mark (2/2012)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark An inky/purple color is followed by notes of Asian plum sauce, forest floor, creme de cassis, black raspberries and a floral component that is unusual for a Margaux. A wine of exceptional intensity and purity with a full-bodied, sumptuous texture, lots of fresh vibrancy and excellent definition, this beautiful 2009 exhibits high but sweet tannin. It is more sexy than the 2005 was at a similar age, although their level of extract and concentration is relatively equal. Something about the 2009 reminds me of a Margaux version of St.-Julien's Leoville Poyferre ... if that makes any sense. This is another fabulous effort from an estate that has been doing extraordinary work over the last 10-15 years. I enjoyed the 2009 as much as the 2005, perhaps even slightly more because while it has structure, the tannins are less aggressive and there is more succulence, flesh and texture in the 2009. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2011)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Individual judge’s scores: SB 18.5 AG 18 SS 18.5 Finely concentrated red and black fruits on the nose. Plump, suave and opulent palate with lots of vibrancy, vigour, density, length and purity. Vigorous and long, a very fine wine now and will be for a long time. Judges: Steven Brook, Alun Griffiths MW and Steven Spurrier (Panel Tasting) Inner quote mark

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is beautiful, with smoldering tar, espresso and tobacco leaf notes fully melded together, while the core of crushed plum, steeped black currant and blackberry fruit sits in reserve. A twinge of iron adds extra length and definition on the finish. Very suave. Approachable now, but with plenty of stuffing and balance for the cellar as well. (JM) Inner quote mark (6/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Mid crimson. Just the right side of volatile but very winning and opulent. More 2009 than Margaux. A little dry and chewy for the moment. Massive volume and finish. 17/20 points. Drink 2022 - 2036 (JR) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

K&L Notes

95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Malescot-St-Exupery '09 is unruly at first, but it settles down nicely to become a well behaved pupil: boysenberry, lifted cassis and violet aromas all very clean and well defined, the oak subtly enmeshed. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent entry. Lovely ripe, filigree tannins and a lovely elegant caressing finish make this an excellent Margaux. Tasted January 2013." (7/2013)


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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2014 | Send Email
Deep-inky purple color. Very aromatic with an almost candied plum note, crème de cassis, espresso coffee beans, concentrated palate and yet not heavy. Super velvety tannins and all very integrated, very balanced. It is ripe, but not hot. Awe-inspiring.

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