Chateau Malescot St. Exupery
Looking back on the history of this Second Growth, three years stand out to us: 1697, 1827 and 1955. The first date marks the sale of the estate by Louise Escousses to Simon Malescot Esquire, the moment the estate was first coined Chateau Malescot. The second is the year Count Jean-Baptiste Saint-Exupery added his name to the registry. For our purposes, however, 1955 is the all important year, the year that Paul and Roger Zuger bought Chateau Malescot St. Exupery and resurrected it from the shadows to the star it is today.
What started as a tiny, 7 hectare plot in Margaux
has been expanded to almost 24 hectares, planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
, 35% Merlot
, 10% Cabernet Franc
and 5% Petit Verdot. Roger Zuger's grandson, Jean-Luc Zuger, is now winemaker at Chateau Malescot St. Exupery. He has ushered in a modern style of wines which are deeply colored, silky and sweet, if not downright voluptuous, with low acidity but plenty of ripe tannins for aging. Production here totals 13,500 cases of the eponymous Grand Vin and another 3,500 cases of the second wine, La Dame de Malescot.
Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.
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