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Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2010

This 2010 Malescot St. Exupery is deep purple in color and has strong aromas of violets, plums, blackberries and spices. This is a supherb full bodied Margaux with intense flavors to the palate that remain with pleasurable persistence. This is a wonderful example once again for this estate, harmonious in style, extraordinarily long, rich and ageworthy. This bottle is begging for time and if you have the patience to grant this wish you will surely be rewarded! I would lay down until at least 2020 but this wine can easily develop until 2040. Score, 95, JS. Laying 2 down for the long haul, see you in a couple of decades! Enjoy with great pleasure! Alla Salute!

Summary:

Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2010

Origin: Bordeaux, France

Sweetness: XD – Extra Dry

Style: Full Bodied

Size: 750ml bottle

Alcohol: 13%

Price: $97-$156

4 thoughts on “Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2010

  1. Something I’ve been very curious about is how to overview the capacity of a wine to improve with age, to be worthy of saving. I suppose is a very intuitive art, when it comes to the drinker or collector, and the result of effort and faith when is the winemaker who’s speaking.
    I would love a post from you, Mike, about your personal feelings and thoughts on which wines to save and to when. How to invoke that prophet’s guts to a wine.

    1. Rafael, you are very right in that it is the winemaker/producer who speaks or suggests which wines to add to a collection, several come with decades and even centuries of experience and pedigree. With this experience and pedigree comes world renowned brands and high quality levels, and of course also price, the precise reason Bordeaux futures exist. I think each individual is different, people will collect based on vineyards they know and readily can assimilate with, others stick to specific countries or even regions within specific countries. All of this is fine to me, my advise is to move from outside of your comfort zone, bottles part of a serious collection do not only have to be “old world wines” countries. The most important factor for me in choosing bottles to age is seeking value and trying new wines, this will only expand knowledge. I seek bottles that are priced accordingly based on the longevity of the aging potential and bottles that have a well documented score by an accepted wine critic. They don’t just have to be from Bordeaux, Rhone or Piedmont. Thank you for raising this topic, this is definitely a future post with more detail and guidelines!

  2. Thanks, Mike. I think is very interesting your invitation to get out of the comfort zone and to bid to some unexpected guests in the cellar, not only the great Old World names. I’m sure there are some Australian syrah, Argentinean malbec and Chilean carmenère that deserve the honor.
    I look forward to more posts about this subject, but I want to ask your opinion as well about another one that you just mentioned. It’s a frequent topic in wine’s aficionados world: the rankings, the Robert Parkers, the magazines influence in the marketing, pricing and selling of some wines over others. Are the rankings, or at least some of them, valuable to you when you’re taking your purchasing decisions?

    1. Rafael, all of the above deserve the honor, my preference would be the Australian syrah. In regards to the ranking I do hold them in high regard, I value wine aficionados opinions and observations, all while understanding how big of an industry wine is across the globe, I am sure there are instances where preferences do exist, either by relationship or historical representation that may result in a greater score. Having said that I do not believe this would be the case by multiple points, one or two perhaps but no more. You can see in several wines there are major score variations, in fact, the wine I feature in my next blog received scores in the range of 89-93, much also comes down to preference. My determining factors in choosing bottles to age are, and not necessarily in this order, wine type/country of origin (each individual obviously has their own taste profile), score, long term ageing potential and price. For example, I would rather choose and less expensive Italian wine that can age for 25 or 30 more years than a more expensive French wine that may be older but does not have the longevity. Again, just my personal preference. This is not to say Italian wines age longer then French wines, French wines probably have the greatest longevity, this of course comes at a price! Thank you again for your comments and insightful questions! Alla Salute!

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