Sporting a deep purple-black color, the 2020 Malescot St. Exupery prances out of the glass with showy scents of ripe black and red currants, black cherries, raspberry leaves and ground cloves, plus wafts of lilacs and tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating black and red fruit layers with a firm, grainy texture and well-balanced acidity, finishing on a lingering fragrant-earth note.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (May 2021)Score: 95-97/100Drink 2026-2050
Incredibly dark in color, the nose jumps with smoked currants, burning embers, singed cherries, spice and flowers. The wine is plush, dense, full-bodied and rich, with layers of polished, velvety dark red fruits that coat and soothe your palate, finishing with dark chocolate, sweet plums, licorice and espresso. Give this at least 8 or more years in the cellar and the wine is going to really start to show.
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider (May 2021)Score: 95-97/100
The 2020 Malescot St. Exupery was picked at 31hl/ha. It has a bouquet that I would describe as controlled opulence: lavish blueberry, Dorset plums, crushed violet and incense burst from the glass... but in orderly fashion. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe and succulent tannins that lend this Margaux a fleshy texture, yet there is clearly ample structure, as well as marvelous salinity and precision on the finish. This 2020 continues the purple patch for this property and comes highly recommended.
Neal Martin, Vinous (May 2021)Score: 94-96/100Drink 2025-2048
The 2020 Malescot Saint Exupéry offers up scents of scorched earth, licorice, smoke, gravel and menthol. Powerful, bold and savory, the 2020 possesses remarkable depth and tons of character. Malescot has been one of the under the radar gems in Bordeaux these last few years. The 2020 is another gorgeous wine from the château.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (May 2021)Score: 93-95/100Drink 2032-2050
Lots of cassis, blackberries, toasted spices, and vanilla-tinged oak define the nose of the 2020 Château Malescot Saint Exupery, and it’s medium to full-bodied, round, and supple on the palate. With velvety tannins, terrific mid-palate depth, and the classic purity of fruit that’s the hallmark of the vintage, it builds nicely with time in the glass and is another incredibly impressive Margaux that will have two decades or more of prime drinking.
Jeb Dunnuck (May 2021)Score: 93-95/100
Enjoyable black fruit aromatics on the nose, they do a good job here of soft pedalling the extraction on the attack, although by the mid palate we are in bitter chocolate and liquorice territory. Again, concentration and intensity is an overriding signature of the vintage. 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend. A yield of 31hl/ha.
Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)Score: 92/100Drink 2026-2040
Solid red with blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and spice. Lots of hazelnut, too. It's full-bodied with chewy, polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Best of the trilogy vintages?
James Suckling (April 2021)Score: 97-98/100
Full bottle 1,260 g. Cask sample. 49% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet France, 3% Petit Verdot. Vines aged 45 years. 'Non-yeasted, non-fined, non-filtered.' Black core with deep crimson rim. Much sweeter on the nose than most of the Margaux 2020s I have tasted – perhaps that's the high percentage of Merlot? Damson and blackberry. Even a hint of blackcurrant throat pastilles. That sweetness is there on the palate too but balanced by fresh acidity. It's a little bit unmeshed at the moment in a sweet-sour way but should gain greater integration with time. Tannins are firm, on the thick side, chewy. A bit ungainly for now.
Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)Score: 16/20Drink 2028-2038
Malescot Saint-Exupéry is a top wine, exuding Margaux’s finer qualities in 2020. The wine has excellent-quality, spicy oak notes, brilliantly entwined with lifted, floral tones. It is what you hope to find in Margaux, but don’t always get. The tannins are fully resolved, bringing lovely finesse, elegance and silkiness to the palate. The fruit is pristine and deep, dominated by fresh blackcurrant. There is a very balanced interplay of floral and fruit notes, plus the flattering oak. There is an enjoyable bitterness to the finish. Excellent.
FINE+RARE (April 2021)