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2017 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1355629 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of blueberries and stone with some dried-flower notes. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, silky tannins and a medium finish. Linear and refined with a very fine line of tannins running through it. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Starts out strongly, attractive high fruit aromatics on the nose, acidity a touch sharp but they do a great job of balancing it with plush well-expressed plum and cassis fruit, carefully placed with elegance and poise. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Malescot St. Exupery is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot aged in French oak, 70% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it is redolent of warm red and black currants, kirsch and raspberry pie on the nose with floral wafts, tobacco and wild sage in the background plus a hint of pencil shavings. Medium-bodied, it is packed with expressive red and black fruits and is velvety and refreshing, finishing long. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Malescot St. Exupéry was cropped at 38hl/ha and aged in 70% new oak for 13 to 15 months. This has a lovely plushness and purity on the nose with copious dark cherries, blueberry and violet aromas that blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, a subtle marine influence here with a precise and persistent finish. This is one of the best Margaux wines in 2017 and comes highly recommended. You know, this might improve further with bottle age. (NM) 93+ Inner quote mark (2/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark The plum and cassis notes are pure and fresh, carried by a polished structure, while aromatic black tea, violet, bergamot and alder elements hang in the background. Very stylish and nicely rendered for the vintage. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A ripe, fleshy wine, with lots of ripe blackberry and black raspberry notes, the 2017 Chateau Malescot Saint-Exupery comes from a site in the heart of Margaux and 45-year-old vines planted in deep, gravelly soils. Nicely textured and medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has ripe tannins and a great finish. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot brought up in 70% new oak, drink this juicy, fresh yet nicely textured wine over the coming 15-20 years. Michel Rolland also consults here, and this estate consistently produces outstanding wines. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

K&L Notes

93+ points Antonio Galloni for Vinous: "The 2017 Malescot Saint Exupéry has really come together nicely over the course of its élevage. In this vintage, Malescot is a bit more fruity and less structured than it has been. Cedar, licorice, dried herbs, menthol and scorched earth notes give the 2017 a distinctly savory feel to match its somber, virile personality. The 2017 is a wine that keeps getting better each time I taste it, and that makes me very hopeful for the future; it will be interesting to see what happens here with aging, and, specifically, if a bit more structure emerges. This is a wine of great personality and character." (3/2020)


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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2018 | Send Email
If you have been buying Jean Luc Zugar's Ch Malescot in the last 10 years you are very smart. He continues to make outstanding wine that rival's the best wines in Margaux at nowhere near the price. The 2017 has a lovely nose of fresh grapes, on the palate it is sweet and supple, with a little grip on the finish and great tasting. Ralph Sands

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2018 | Send Email
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Here they lost 10% due to frost and 20% more with tropical rains and rot. 52%CS and 48%M. Deep blackish color. Great aromatics of red rose and cassis. Very sweet entry on the palate-lots of red fruited flavors. Lush and seamless-three in a row here for top quality. Almost $30 less than the 2015.
Drink from 2021 to 2031

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2018 | Send Email
Malescot is great again in 2017 - one of the true gems in Margaux and spectacular in a vintage where their neighbors struggled. Production is down a third from the previous vintage. Warm, inciting aromatics of licorice and dark red/black fruit lead a palate that is full of blackberry, vanilla, and cassis. Terrific concentration, plenty of new oak, bright acidity, and structure to tie it all together. The soft-spoken Jean Luc Zuger knew he had a winner here and the wine spoke for itself. Well done. Drink 2023 to 2038.

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