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2005 Malescot-St-Exupery

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / MARGAUX
  • 96 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 17 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53530-2005-750-0
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($125-$190; 13.8% natural alcohol) Bright ruby-red. Superripe berry and chocolate aromas, with a whiff of surmaturite Fat, sweet and large-scaled, offering extraordinary volume and an almost syrupy thickness leavened by surprisingly sound acidity. This saturates the entire mouth yet manages to avoid coming off as heavy. Finishes very long and sweet, with thoroughly integrated tannins. |The best vintage since 1961,| notes Jean-Luc Zuger. |This is the kind of wine I like.| He advises early drinkers to give this 2005 about four hours in a decanter.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    A beautiful wine, once again, from this property that has been on a superb qualitative roll for several decades. Dense ruby/purple with notes of graphite, background oak, youthful creme de cassis and blackberry fruit as well as a floral underpinning, it is medium to full-bodied, textured, rich and impressive. Still in a somewhat adolescent stage, it should hit full maturity in another 2-3 years and last at least two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Exhibits blackberry, mineral, currant and dark chocolate. Full and velvety, with lots of fruit and chewy tannins. Long and caressing, with incredibly sweet fruit and tannins on the finish. Goes on for minutes. A thoroughly gorgeous wine.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Mid crimson without great colour concentration. Sweet, creamy nose. Then a pretty chewy cassis palate. Absolutely masses of tannins. This should come right in the end. But it certainly needs time. This may always be a bit chunky and less sophisticated than some but not overworked in any way.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2015-2020
    Author: Aylward Justin
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2020-2030
    Author: ambd09
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Tight closed yet typical bordeaux nose. Still quite young but good structure, firm yet closed tannins, would wait at least another 5 years and cassis and sour cherry will come out. Rating should go up with maturation.
    Drink Dates: 2018-2030
    Author: Pierre T184
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3076 bottles owned
  • 300 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 300 collectors)