2011 Malescot St. Exupery– From an assemblage of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon , 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc , the alcohol reached 13.5%. With yields of 38% hectoliters per hectare, the wine will be aged in 100% new oak. With coffee, truffle, tobacco, licorice, blackberry, vanilla and black cherry liqueur in the nose, this supple, round, polished wine offers sweet black cherry and chocolate in the round finish. 91-93 Pts
Jean Luc Zuger thinks 2011 Malescot St. Exupery will age in new oak for slightly less time than usual, between 13 and 14 months. For the 2011 Malescot St Exupery, they started harvesting the Merlot September 20 and finished harvesting the last of their Cabernet October 5. Zuger spent more time than usual sorting this difficult vintage in the vineyards and in the cellars. Jean Luc Zuger agrees 2011 Malescot St Exupery lacks the density of 2009 and 2010, but feels the wine is as good as, or better than 2006 and 2008.