2018 Château Malescot St-Exupéry, Cru Classé Margaux

Glossy and intense, there’s powerful cassis and silky tannins, and a mouth coating finish. Unashamed, but remains well balanced.

Critic score
95/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    50% Cabernet Sauvignon
    35% Merlot
    10% Cabernet Franc
    5% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2050
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2018 Château Malescot St-Exupéry, Cru Classé Margaux

TASTING NOTES

The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Malescot St. Exupery comes prancing out of the glass with flamboyant raspberry coulis, kirsch and redcurrant jelly scents over a fresh blackcurrant and boysenberry core with wafts of red roses, cinnamon stick and forest floor. Full-bodied, rich and opulent in the mouth, the palate delivers stacks of red fruit, cassis and floral layers with a firm, finely grained frame and plenty of freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Just lovely.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)
(94—96+)/100

Malescot is always a relatively modern style, and it stays true to form in 2018. It's an enjoyable, high energy wine but it doesn't quite reach the heights of its 2016. It's a rich damson colour, with plump fruit on the attack. The oak impact is a little forced, and this is clearly aiming for vibrancy and character. 5% Petit Verdot completes the blend.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)
(93)/100

A structured and muscular Malescot with blackberry and blackcurrant aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Big wine for this producer.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)
(97—98)/100

The 2018 Malescot Saint Exupéry is fabulous. Powerful and explosive in the glass, and yet remarkably polished, the 2018 is impressive. Graphite, smoke, gravel, spice and leather infuse a potent, full-bodied Margaux built on structure. Even so, in this vintage, Malescot shows unusually supple tannins and a softer feel than is usually the case. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Tasted three times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)
(93—96)/100