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| ||Tasted by microbox on 12/6/2013 & rated 89 points: Corinna's birth year, she is present tonight. No 49799. P&P. top shoulder, cork crumbly but extracted without debris. clear. sediment adherent to the glass. still a good fruit component, very much like the other bottles. remember: be patient with this...opened up after 2 hours. marvelous. (1028 views)|
| ||Tasted by Trader79 on 12/1/2013 & rated 89 points: Incredibly surprised that this one wasn't vinegar. Great cork, not a hint of seepage to the top of the cork. Wine was light weight but smooth and enjoyable. (980 views)|
| ||Tasted by Spl232 on 11/15/2013 & rated 70 points: Nothing left on this one (998 views)|
| ||Tasted by emzee.mc on 10/24/2013 & rated 84 points: Not expecting much here granted it is from a weak vintage in the Gironde region. No. 66543 @ 12% ABV. The claret pours a rusty dark orange hue with considerable amounts of bricking at the edge. The legs of the wine are moderate at length. The nose definitely tells the tale of this unremarkable year in the valley. There are strong hints of greenness in the wine due to the unripe berries. This is accompanied by prominent notes of leather, tobacco, peppercorns and miso. Only a faint back note of plum fruit remains. On the palate, much of the fruit is gone but the tannic structure is still present. Prominent tastes of black tea, oak and tobacco remain. Despite the lackluster taste, the tannins are well integrated and silky, making the texture is quite enjoyable despite the absence of the traditional Bordeaux opulence. Nevertheless, the finish is rather muted as shrieking acidity kicks in. The length is short to medium. Although the wine is far from impressive, at 30 USD, this wine exhibits a very good QPR. (1049 views)|
| ||Tasted by microbox on 7/29/2012 & rated 89 points: No 49749. top shoulder. cork soaked up to the top. crumbled. this is in the same condition as previous bottle. marvellous. (2085 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jukka on 11/13/2010 & rated 90 points: Color: brick|
Nose: mellow fruit, all spice, nutmeg, leather
Palate, very soft tannins, dried red friut/berry, nice balance. Enjoyable and alive! (1516 views)
| ||Tasted by microbox on 3/27/2010 & rated 89 points: bottle No 49748. top shoulder. cork wet up to the top. extraction in one piece, still the cork is crumbly.|
don't get fooled and judge the wine after 'open-and-pour'. I experienced a tremendous improvement over 1 hr, thus I recommend decanting.
appearance: bright bricky ruby red with 2mm flare on the rim. some sediment.
nose: strawberries, earth, wet paper, chestnuts, bunch of late summer flowers, soap, hint of terpentin.
palate:´seamless integration of the stakeholders, very well balanced (although it lacks alcohol taste, feels more like a most sophisticated juice). initially some bitterness in the aftertaste that gradually blew off over 1 hr. respectable aftertaste (14 Caudalie).
this is a very strong performance of a 34 year old Margaux. very enjoyable. (1544 views)
Château Malescot St. Exupéry Producer website - Read more about Chateau Malescot St. Exupery
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Chateau Malescot St-Exupéry as we know it today came about in 1955, when purchased by father and son team Paul and Roger Zuger, but the estate has a much longer history...
Their second wine is La Dame de Malescot.
Red Bordeaux Blend Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.
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Médoc Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.
Margaux Read more about Margaux and its wines As with a large part of the Bordeaux vineyards, vines first appeared in Margaux during the Gallo-Roman period.
In 1705 a text mentions Château Margaux . But we have to wait for the end of the eighteenth century and the coming of the earliest techniques in aging for the concept of wines of high quality to develop. The confirmation of this was the famous 1855 classification which recognized 21 Crus Classés in the Margaux appellation. One hundred years later, the Viticultural Federation and the Margaux appellation of controlled origin were born. The appellation, which stretches out over five communes, is actually unique in the Médoc in that it is the only one to contain all the range of wines, as rich as they are vast, from First Great Cru Classé to the Fifths, not forgetting its famous Crus Bourgeois and its Crus Artisans.
In Margaux there is a predominance of Garonne gravel on a central plateau of about 4 miles in length and one and a quarter wide. To the east-south-east, it overlooks the low lying land by the estuary. Its east side is marked by gentle, dry valleys and a succession of ridges.The layer of gravel in Margaux was spread out by a former Garonne in the early Quaternary. Rather large in size, it is mingled with shingle of average dimension and represents the finest ensemble of Günz gravel in the Haut-Médoc. It is on this ancient layer on a Tertiary terrace of limestone or clayey marl that the best Médoc crus lie. All the conditions for successful wine are present : a large amount of gravel and pebbles, poor soil which cannot retain water and deep rooted vines.
It is customary to say that Margaux wines are the "most feminine" in the Médoc, thus stressing their delicacy, suppleness and their fruity, elegant aromas. This does not affect their great propensity for aging; just the opposite, for the relatively thin terroir imparts tannins which give them long life. The other characteristic of these wines which combine an elegant vitality, subtlety and consistency, is their diversity and personality. Over and above the flavour which is their "common denominator", they present an exceptional palette of bouquets, fruity flavours which show up differently from one château to another.
Production conditions (Decree dated August 10 1954)
In order to have the right to the Margaux appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the commune of Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac and Labarde, "excluding the land which by the nature of its soil or because of its situation, is unfit to produce wine of this appellation".
- satisfy precise production conditions: grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).