TN: 2016 Château Malescot St. Exupéry (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

2016 Château Malescot St. Exupéry - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (6/2/2020)
– decanted 1 hr before initial taste –
– tasted non-blind over approx. 2 hrs on Day 1; revisited on Day 2 –

NOSE: bright; “purple”; oaky; clean.

BODY: medium bodied

TASTE: moderately tannic; medium acidity; no funk; light, wet stones mineral note; has a reserved, slightly “pretty” presentation. Day 2: “good,” and a bit lacking in structure. Gut impression score: 90 - 91. Not a rebuy @ $59. Hold.

Thanks for the note. A far cry from Keith L’s 96 point review from last fall. I only have 3 bottles, but will be sitting on these for some time.

As will I with my remaining 2 bottles. I thought it was a pretty safe blind purchase, given the pricing, the nature of the vintage, and my previous experience with the producer (I consistently enjoy their wines). So, now I’ll have two more shots at seeing if I can find a “good time” for this wine. The '14 is better, imo.

I bought a 6pack on futures from K&L on a whim, knowing nothing about the wine. Maybe because I had no expectations, I was very impressed. As my tentative venture into Bordeaux begins with Malescot and 2017 Sansonnet, two very different expressions, I am quite happy. The Malescot seems more ready for immediate gratification and the Sansonnet wants a bit more nap time.

Thanks for the note! Just saw this at Costco this morning for $59, thought about it but went for the 2013 Castelgiocondo Brunello for $49. Hopefully I made the right choice.

If I was presented today with that choice I’d opt for the Brunello.

In for a 12xowc of the Malescot, wasnt planning on cracking any open for 10 years but appreciate the tasting note. Ive had some nice ones from older vintages, hoping the 2016 comes around