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2016 Château Malescot St. Exupéry

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Margaux

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Community Tasting Note

  • Jeff Leve wrote: 95 points

    April 29, 2017 - 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.

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11 Comments

  • samatoid commented:

    7/12/18, 7:09 AM - Have you retried the 2016 Malescot since 4/2017? I am curious if you think the 2015 and 2016 are on a similar level? I am guessing the 2016 may have improved some since 2017. I have bought a decent amount of both.

  • Jeff Leve commented:

    7/12/18, 8:35 AM - I will not retaste 2016 until next year, when I will see it twice, in January and again in April. That being said, 2015 Malescot is a much better wine. If you have ti pick one over the other, buy the 2015. I hope this helps.

  • samatoid commented:

    7/12/18, 8:57 AM - Thanks Jeff - you are so generous with your advice. I have tried the 2015 Malescot 5 times from half bottles and really enjoyed it every time. I do find it isn't quite as good the second day which has been true the 4 times I've had a little left over. I find the 2015 has a creamy semisweet tartness and already has complex flavours of berries and wood. It has that famous Margaux feminimity and along with very respectable length.

  • Jeff Leve commented:

    7/12/18, 9:34 AM - Most wines are not better the second day. It will be worse if it was from a half bottle. If you are a fan of Malescot, the 2015 is a contender for the best wine ever produced at the estate.

  • samatoid commented:

    7/12/18, 10:24 AM - I do it all the time. Maybe it is not best for Bordeaux, but it works in favor of powerful young syrahs, pinot noirs, and CdPs. They are mostly better the next day if they are highly thought of on CT.

  • samatoid commented:

    7/9/19, 1:16 PM - I agree with what Jeff says about the wine, but I have doubts about the wine’s longevity given that it does not show well the next day. I have tried the wine several times and each time it was much less interesting the next day. I think it would be wise to watch any wine you own and consider the merits of drinking or selling before the fruit is gone. If you like flashy young modern styled wines get it, but I wouldnt expect it to get better. I remember getting the opposite style of wine in its youth - the 1985 Lynch Bages - that was fun to drink young and complex and while forward it lasted 20 years. I wouldnt say the Malescot is that much fun to drink young.

  • Jeff Leve commented:

    7/9/19, 2:08 PM - Samatoid, that would not be how I would look at it. Taste 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010 etc, all those wines are still youthful. I would think 2016 is good for 30-40 years of evolution. But that's just me.

  • samatoid commented:

    7/9/19, 2:12 PM - I do hope you are right as I have a few cases of both 15 and 16. Its not our favorite but its flashy and fruity like a fun dessert.

  • samatoid commented:

    7/9/19, 2:20 PM - I am very happy with all of the 2016s I bought - Carmes, Pavie, Beychevelle, Malescot, Tour St Christophe, Calon Segur, Haut Bailly, Canon, and Domaine de Chevalier.

  • Jeff Leve commented:

    7/9/19, 2:29 PM - Those are all good wines! I was only talking about the longevity of 2016 Malescot.

  • samatoid commented:

    7/9/19, 2:54 PM - I started today talking about the 2015 Malescot (which Ive tried several times) in response to a question from Vintage1949 about it. I havent tried the 2016 yet even though I have some. One of the nice things about Bordeaux is longevity. I have had my share of nice surprises.

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