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Chateau Malescot St. Exupery History, Overview
Chateau Malescot St. Exupery has a long history in the Bordeaux wine region. The roots of Malescot St. Exupery can be traced all the way back to 1616 when the Margaux estate was owned by the Escousses family. The Escousses were best known as notaries for the King.
Near the close of the century, in 1697 the Bordeaux wine estate was sold to Simon Malescot. Once Simon became the current owner, he followed the tradition of the time and changed the name of the estate to Malescot. Like the previous owner, Malescot also had a connection to royalty. He was the attorney-general to Louis XIV.
The property remained with the Malescot family until the French revolution. At that point in time, the large estate was divided between three family members.
Over the next several years, the formerly robust Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Malescot was split and split again. In 1813, Francois Benoit Dunogues purchased the chateau, reselling it in 1825 to Louis Pierlot. The Pierlot family resold the property to Comte Saint-Exupery.
In the tradition of Bordeaux chateau in the Medoc, following the lead of Malescot, he also added his name to the estate. The property was now known as Chateau Malescot Saint-Exupery. The Margaux estate continued to expand thanks to the dowry of his wife. The gift included Chateau Loyac and Chateau La Colonie.
After he died, the Saint-Exupery family fell into debt and was forced to sell Chateau Malescot St. Exupery in 1853 to Mr. Fourcade. At that point in time, the labels were changed and added a new line of type to the label that remains on the bottles today; “Semper Ad Altum,” which is translated into “Always striving higher”.
Fourcade increased the size of Chateau Malescot Saint Exupery by adding more vines from neighboring Margaux estates. One of his most important acquisitions was Chateau Dubignon, which became part of Chateau Malescot St. Exupery in the 1870’s.
Chateau Dubignon was also a 3rd Growth vineyard at the time of the 1855 Classification. Mr. Fourcade died in 1866. Chateau Malescot St. Exupery was sold to a group of owners, the most notable being Mr. Boissac in 1870.
It was Boissac who designed and built the classically styled chateau still used by the property today. Boissac was a visionary. In 1870, under his direction, Chateau Malescot St. Exupery became the first Bordeaux winery to use gravity during fermentation. While that does not seem special to us today, in 1870, it was revolutionary!
In 1900 the Left Bank estate of Malescot St. Exupery was sold at auction. During World War 1, the French government ordered the chateau to be confiscated. The Zuger family bought it in 1955. The Zuger family were experienced in Bordeaux as they previously owned Chateau Marquis dAlesme.
At the time of the sale to the Zuger family, Malescot St. Exupery was in such poor shape, only 7 hectares of vines were planted. Extensive replanting of vineyards took place and within a decade, 80% of the vineyard was planted.
The Zuger family, headed by Jean Luc Zuger, who took over in 1994, continue to own and manage Chateau Malescot St. Exupery today. Michel Rolland is the consultant.
Chateau Malescot St. Exupery Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 23.5 hectare vineyard of Chateau Malescot St. Exupery is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The terroir is gravel, chalk and clay soils with iron deposits on gentle, slopes.
The vines are 35 years of age. The vineyards are planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. The chateau is located in the small, village of Margaux, right on the D2 highway, just a stone’s throw from Rauzan Segla. Portions of the vineyard abut the vines of Chateau Margaux.
To produce the wine of Chateau Malescot St. Exupery, vinification takes place in a combination of 22, temperature controlled, concrete vats and stainless steel tanks. These are divided into 6 concrete vats and 16 tanks of stainless steel that range in size from 80 hectoliters up to 160 hectoliters.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in either tank, vat, barrel, or a combination of any of those vessels. They can use concentrators or reverse osmosis machines, as well as bleeding of the vats to increase the concentration of the wine. Those decisions are left up to the vintage according to Jean Luc Zuger.
The wine of Chateau Malescot St. Exupery is then aged in between 80% new and 100% new, French oak barrels for between 14 to 16 months before bottling. There is a second wine, La Dame de Malescot. On average, production is about 9,000 cases of wine per year.
The best vintages of Chateau Malescot St. Exupery are: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2000, 1961 and 1959. It is quite possible that ancient vintages are worth trying. But not much was made in those years and they can be difficult to find today.
When to Drink Chateau Malescot St. Exupery, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Malescot St. Exupery can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting, due to the lush quality and character of the wine. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-3 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Malescot St. Exupery is usually better with at least 10-12 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Pibran offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 12-30 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Malescot St. Exupery, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Malescot St. Exupery is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Malescot St. Exupery is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Malescot St. Exupery is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Run, do not walk and taste this wine! Jean-Luc Zuger is on fire at Chateau Malescot St. Exupery. The wines being made at the property today are stunning! Perhaps because they have only been on a hot streak for a few years, for a Bordeaux wine of this quality, they remain fairly priced.
This wine is no shrinking violet. It is thick, rich, pure and aromatic. The tannins are soft and the texture is elegance. 2009 is a stunning wine and is even better than the sublime 2005! For a wine of this quality, it remains fairly priced.
The Zuger family also produce Domaine de Balardin, a Bordeaux Superieur as well as make a wine in the Cotes de Provence appellation, Domaine de Tamary. The Zuger family are also partners in a Negociant company with the Salin company.
Château Malescot St. Exupéry Wine Tasting Notes
19 Vintages 313,696 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2017||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Deep and rich in color, this wine quickly evokes dark fruits, tobacco leaf, espresso, smoke and earthy nuances. On the palate, you’ll find a sweet, soft, fruity, full-bodied wine that expands in your mouth and delivers freshness and verve. Created from a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot, this reached13% alcohol with a pH of 3.75. The harvest took place September 19 to October 7. The estate lost close to 20% of their harvest to the frost.
4,389 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Blackberry liqueur, boysenberry, espresso bean and dark chocolate over black cherry open up the nose. Fat, titillating, deep and lavish, this wine is ambrosial, powerful and mouth filling. The finish is fresh and packed with the ripest, sweetest, juiciest, dark red fruits. Produced from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.72. The Grand Vin represents 72% of the harvest, which took place October 1 to October 25.
14,580 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Dark in color, the wine offers a knockout nose of flower, black and deep red fruits, cigar wrapper, espresso, tobacco, smoke and truffle. The wine is concentrated, fat and intense. But it is also balanced, fresh, long, silky and complex. This is a stunner.
8,927 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Inky in color, the wine offers a concentrated, plush, luscious, sexy character. The dark fruits are ripe, lush and polished, The nose, with its floral, dark cherry, blackberry and smoke filled nuances grabs you. This is a stunner.
9,974 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
Inky in color, concentrated, plush and polished, the texture is pure silk and velvet. The wealth of fruit in the finish just keeps on going.
9,277 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2017
Inky in color with a showy perfume of chocolate covered plums, black cherry liqueur, flowers, earth and smoke. Dense and concentrated on the palate, this wine remains focused, fresh and opulently textured -- a difficult combination indeed. The boysenberry filled finish is sensuous, polished and velvety, yet there is a freshness to the layers of sweet fruit, making it a sort of cross between the estate's 2009 and 2005 vintages. Produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, the wine reached 14.1% alcohol with a pH of 3.85 and will be aged in 80% new, French oak barrels for 13 to 15 months. The Grand Vin represents 75% of the harvest, which took place between September 23 and October 15, making Malescot St. Exupery perhaps the latest estate to finish picking in the Margaux appellation this year. 95 - 97 Pts
9,811 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2016
|2014||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Full bodied, with dark, black fruits, earth, tobacco, smoky cigar box notes and cedar wood. Classically styled, concentrated, juicy, tannic and as you would expect, quite young, give this 6-8 years for the fruit to come out and for the tannins to soften.
4,401 Views Tasted Mar 27, 2017
This fun ride of dark chocolate, cherry liqueur, fresh herbs and supple tannins is already fun to taste. Deep garnet in color with the fragrance of truffle, cocoa, boysenberry and blossoms, it’s smooth, soft, fleshy and round. The wine was produced from a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot and reached 14.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.82. 92-94 Pts
9,489 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2015
|2013||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Showing depth of color for the vintage, the nose offers licorice, black cherries and espresso beans. Medium/full bodied, with a forward appeal, the wine is round, soft, fruity with a hint of dark cocoa in the finish and easy to drink in its dark red berry oriented youth.
3,376 Views Tasted Feb 11, 2016
Dark ruby in color with a smoky, black raspberry nose, the wine is soft, medium bodied, fresh and easy-drinking with a minty, black cherry, forward personality. Blending 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 12.8% alcohol. Produced from 28 hectoliters per hectare, the Grand Vin was produced from 60% of the harvest. The wine is aged in 100% new French oak. 89-91 Pts
4,147 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2014
|2012||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Round, plush, lush and forward, the nose, with its licorice, floral and chocolate covered cherry personality earns some attention. Soft and easy to drink, a few years is all that’s needed for this come around.
4,718 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
Malescot St. Exupery Blending 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc that reached 12.8% alcohol, which is similar to what the estate reached in 2008 and 2006. The medium-bodied wine will be aged in 90% new French oak barrels for close to 15 months. Flowers, smoke, tobacco, black cherry and black raspberry notes open to medium/full-bodied, supple-textured wine filled with chocolate-covered cherries and spice. 90-93 Pts
5,889 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2013
|2011||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
A solid wine in a diffcult vintage, deep in color, with licorice, coffee bean, black cherry, flowers and truffle in the perfume, the wine delivers soft, round textures, and a lush, round, slightly short finish. This should drink quite well on release and have the ability to improve with a few years of bottle age.
3,756 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2014
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
5,040 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2012
|2010||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Dark in color, this wine is sexy, deep, long, rich and mouth filling. The fruit is sweet, ripe and luscious. This is one of few top 2010 Bordeaux wines that will deliver pleasure without extensive cellaring.
7,331 Views Tasted Oct 10, 2014
Inky in color, this elixir pops the moment the wine hits your glass with licorice, smoke, black and blue fruits, jam, chocolate and coffee bean scents. This blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot is incredibly powerful, polished, rich and opulent, if not decadent, this silky Margaux wine was made for hedonistic, Bordeaux lovers
8,973 Views Tasted Feb 13, 2013
Inky, dark purple in color, this Margaux wine explodes from the glass with scents of fresh picked flowers, blackberry jam, vanilla, caramel, cassis, coffee and truffle aromas. In the mouth, this expansive Bordeaux wine is filled with sweet, ripe, plush tannins, opulent textures and a rich, ripe, round, opulent texture that finishes with a long, sweet, pure, blackberry jam finish. When asked which of his two most recent Bordeaux wines he likes best, the owner and wine maker Jean Luc Zuguer said, “I prefer the structure of the 2010 over the more exotic 2009.” 2010 Malescot St. Exupery was offered at 60 Euros. I liked this wine a lot. It’s a wine I purchased for my own cellar. 95-96 Pts
8,508 Views Tasted Jul 20, 2012
Malescot St. Exupery Blending 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot with the remainder evenly split between Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this Margaux wine reached 14% alcohol. This is not a taste by the numbers wine. There is no sensation of heat in this beauty. Aromas of tobacco, cigar ash, stone, blackberry and floral scents pop from the glass with little effort. Mouth coating layers of concentrated, dense, ripe, sweet dark berries, powerful tannins and freshness. Rich, thick and flavorful, with a boatload of tannin, this Bordeaux wine will require over a decade of time in the cellar. Pairing high quality, style and price, this merits serious attention. 95-97 Pts
8,452 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
|2009||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Truffle, tobacco, espresso bean, blackberry liqueur, cigar box and black raspberry scents make up the perfume. Pure and sensuous, with hedonistic textures, this lush, fresh, polished wine is closing down. Drink it now for its charms, or hold for a while. It’s worth the wait. This still sells for a fair price. If you like the style, (and I love it!) it's worth adding to your cellar. Jean Luc Zuger, the chateau owner feels that for current consumption, 2003 Malescot is probably the best wine for today. For people with older vintages, he smiled and said 1961 is great too!
13,063 Views Tasted May 4, 2012
2009 Malescot St. Exupery is the color of black and purple ink. Complicated aromatics filled with black cherry, blueberry, flowers, truffle, licorice, blackberries and dark chocolate pop from the glass. This rich, opulent, flamboyant feels like pure satin is coating your mouth. The long finish ends with an array of black and blue fruits, chocolate and spice sensations. This wine merits attention for its sensual style and fair for the level of quality prices. The wine was recently bottled. I would not be surprised if the wine gained another Pt, after its had time to settle.
17,315 Views Tasted Jul 20, 2011
2009 Malescot is inky black. Blackberry, cassis, and plums with licorice and bitter chocolate explode from the glass. This Malescot is a fat, sexy, rich, flamboyant, and intense wine that coats your mouth and leaves you with sensations of blueberry, licorice, black raspberry, and spice flavors. 95-98 Pts
19,002 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2010
|2008||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Full bodied, cedar, tobacco, black fruits, dark chocolate and smoky cigar box notes on the nose. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, fresh and juicy. The wine is a bit strict, there is a leafy, undercurrent in the mouth, which become less prevalent with time. For Malescot, this is quite classic in style. Give it another 5-8 years for the fruit to come out and for the wine to soften.
2,181 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
This pungent perfume shows flowers, earth, truffle, cherry pipe tobacco and cassis aromas. The wine is concentrated, deep and richly textured. There is a lot to like in this polished, sexy style of Margaux. And the best part is, it's still for sale for about for $40! There are not many wines available for this price at the same level of quality. In fact, this was so good, and the price was right, I bought a case after the tasting!
11,487 Views Tasted Jan 28, 2011
08 Château Malescot, St. Exupery has a deep ruby color. Spice, floral, oak, tobacco, and black fruit aromatics are all over the place. This full bodied wine offers a polished texture. On the palate, layers of chocolate and of fresh, ripe, blackberry and boysenberry deliver a lot of pleasure. 92-95 Pts
9,811 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2009
|2007||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Smoke, fresh herbs, espresso, tobacco, cigar box and plum open the nose. On the palate, the wine fully mature, medium bodied, spicy and crisp, with smoked cigar black currant finish. This is fully mature, so owners should drink up.
3,542 Views Tasted Mar 27, 2017
|2006||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Secondary aromatics are already coming alive. Cedar, wet forest, cocoa, tobacco, cigar box, cocoa and plums are all over the place. Medium/full bodied, with some tannins remaining to be resolved, the earthy, plummy, black cherry dominated wine is just about there.
4,192 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
Smoke, tobacco, cassis, cocoa and herbs with a sprig of mint created the perfume. With 4 hours of air, from time combined in the decanter and glass,the wine never lost that dry sensation from the tannins. The cassis filled finish will probably always be on the austere side of the style range for Malescot St. Exupery.
7,915 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2012
Earth, cassis, blackberry, spice, espresso bean and tobacco scents lead to a round Margaux wine. Still very young, this supple wine ends with fennel, black cherry, spice and cassis filled finish. Give this another 5 years and it should start showing well.
7,825 Views Tasted Jul 14, 2011
|2005||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Seriously concentrated, round and fleshy, this richly textured, silky, powerful wine is slowly creeping out if its shell. It is going to need at least another 5 years before the oak completely integrates into the wine.
3,440 Views Tasted Nov 24, 2018
Starting to show its secondary characteristics with tobacco, earth and forest floor notes that peek through the fog of sleep. Silky, spicy, soft and polished, this luscious wine needs time to wake up and develop more complexity.
6,716 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2015
Deep in color, the wine is tight and requires coaxing to find the tobacco, earth, boysenberry and cigar box scents. Rich, deep, fat and fleshy, the sweet boysenberry, licorice, chocolate and kirsch sensations remain in your mouth for over 40 seconds. This is developing well. If you don’t have some in your cellar, it’s worth purchasing at today’s tariff.
7,127 Views Tasted May 19, 2013
Still showing deep color, the bouquet offers licorice, smoke, ripe boysenberry, cocoa and earthy scents. Rich, concentrated and polished, this lush wine is pure silk in its long finish. While it's still primary, due to the polished nature of its tannins, the wine can be enjoyed today, although I'm waiting another 5 years before I begin popping my bottles.
8,566 Views Tasted Dec 4, 2012
Inky, opaque purple in color, the wine explodes with scents of licorice, blackberry, blueberry, spice, truffle and forest floor aromas. Powerful, rich and intense, this opulent, mouth filling, suave Bordeaux wine finishes with a long sensation of ripe, fresh, pure blackberry and cassis. This beautifil Margaux wine will age and evolve for decades.
12,115 Views Tasted Jul 24, 2011
|2004||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Developed nose of truffle, tobacco, cigar box, licorice and blackberry get you going. On the palate, the wine is soft, polished, sweet and fresh, ending with fresh sweet, earthy black cherries. You can truly enjoy this wine today.
3,253 Views Tasted Jan 4, 2015
Medium bodied, soft and supple, as it approaches its 10th birthday, this is starting to drink well. Espresso, black cherry, tobacco, truffle and anise round out the finish.
4,567 Views Tasted May 19, 2013
|2003||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Deep ruby in color, reticent aromas of smoke, licorice, wet earth, tar, blackberry, coffee and tree bark lead to a sweet, ripe, round, medium bodied, plush, black raspberry and spice filled wine. This is drinking very nice today. I’d opt for finishing any remaining bottles over the next decade.
3,332 Views Tasted Jun 18, 2015
One of the best values in the entire Margaux appellation, this is turning out nicely with a fragrant nose of flowers, cocoa, black cherry, coffee bean and earth. Soft, supple and plush in texture, the wine ends with a smooth, round, ripe, dark berry finish. Drink now for pleasure, or age it a few more years for additional complexity. Either way, the wine delivers a lot of pleasure and at a fair price too!
4,561 Views Tasted May 11, 2013
|2001||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Still on the oaky side, but once past the espresso, smoke and cocoa, the wine is soft, polished, round and open. The dark red berries are sweet, with a dark chocolate, thyme and black cherry note in the finish. I liked the wine, but less oak, for this amount of fruit would make it a much better tasting experience.
3,553 Views Tasted Oct 19, 2016
|2000||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Over the years, the wine has clearly become more elegant in its texture. The nose is still holding on to a touch oak, but the truffle, floral, smoke, cassis, cherry and dark chocolate are more of what you notice. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, silky, fruity and youthful for being close to 17 years of age. With time in the glass, hints of mint made an appearance. However, the oak remains present, even with more air. It is not off putting, but it's there. All the tannins seem to be resolved. I expect my few remaining bottles will be even better with 3-5 more years of age, as the fruit seems young and vibrant. The wine was splash decanted and served about 10 minutes later.
3,308 Views Tasted Sep 23, 2016
Earthy, truffle, smoke, tobacco, licorice and blackberry make up the perfume. With soft, round tannins, fresh black cherry and spice, this is starting to drink well.
5,843 Views Tasted May 4, 2012
This opens up with floral, cassis, orange blossom and spice aromatics. This fresh wine is mouth filling and elegant, ending with a ripe black fruit filled finish.
8,873 Views Tasted Mar 5, 2010
|1975||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
Much better on the nose with its earthy character, than on the palate, where you tastse and feel the the, tart, rustic, bright wine which is starting to drop its last remaining fruits. If you have a bottle, open it sooner than later, before the red fruit finish becomes more tannic and acidic.
3,576 Views Tasted May 7, 2015
|1961||Château Malescot St. Exupéry (Margaux)|
The wine faded in the glass far too quickly. Before it was gone, the cedar, tobacco, cigar box and bright red fruits offered were quite nice. But as the wine remained in the glass, the fruit faded and the acidity kicked in. I have had better bottles, however. So, once again, there are no such things as great wine, after 20 years of age, just great bottles. Such is life...
954 Views Tasted Sep 5, 2018
Clearly, exposure to air helped this wine along. After bing popped and poured, the wine started off with canned vegatal aromas and cigar box. 30 minutes later, the wine morped into a tobacco laden, cassis and truffle filled wine with regal, soft, but firm character. This is a wine to seek out at auctions as I suspect it sells for a song, compared to its quality.
3,368 Views Tasted May 8, 2014
Brick color, with scents of dried black cherry, smoke, earth, tobacco and truffle. Concentrated with fleshy textures and the unique texture of truly mature, old wines, the wine finished with spicy, sweet dark and red berries. It was interesting tasting this wine as today, Malescot is on fire. They have morphed into one of the hot new properties to watch in Bordeaux.
3,173 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2010