2000 Château Malescot St. Exupéry Margaux Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note


2000 Château Malescot St. Exupéry  (Margaux) 93

Showing quite well starting with its nose of creme de cassis, cherries, cigar wrapper and cedar chest with a touch of smoke. Soft, elegant and with ample fruit on the palate and in the finish, if you have a bottle, or are thinking of getting a bottle, this is the right time to open it. 93 Points

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The color says it is ready to go. Strong scents of cedar, tobacco, spice, red currants, cassis and smoke pop on the nose. The palate is full-bodied, round and soft, leaving with a mature sweet red berry finish that is a perfect complement to the dusty tannins, silky textures and cigar smoke notes in the endnote. This is fully ready to drink. So if you have been waiting, pop a bottle already! This was splash decanted, which is all it needs. 93 Points

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Round, lush, soft and polished, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated and offers its dark cherry, espresso, floral and earthy profile with just 30 minutes in the decanter. The finish is round, polished, sweet and still fruity. 92 Points

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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. 92 Points

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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. 92 Points

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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. 93 Points

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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.

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.