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Chateau Malescot St.-Exupery

malescot.jpgAlthough being classified as a third-growth in 1855, Malescot St.-Exupery remains less well-known than many others.  A relatively modest 30 hectares of vines, planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the Chateau is notable for being one of the few actually in the town (village) of Margaux itself, and visible from the main road.

Since the turn of the 21st century, Malescot St.-Exupery has certainly lived up to its impressive classification, consistently producing wines of impressive concentration and intensity, yet avoiding the alcohol-fuelled fruit-bomb style common to such attempts.malescot-vats.jpg

The fruit once harvested is refrigerated to near-freezing, and undergoes an initial selection before a six-to-10 day pre-ferment maceration.  The wine is fermented with natural yeasts in a combination of stainless steel vats and concrete tanks, before ageing for up to 18 months in 100% new oak.  Regular batonnage is undertaken, and the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered - unless any bacterial problems are analysed, in which case a filtration will be employed.

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