Malescot St. Exupery
History and Background
Located in the heart of the Margaux appellation, Château Malescot St. Exupéry has a rich history that dates back to the 1600s. The estate was purchased in the 19th century by Simon Malescot, an advisor to the Bordeaux parliament, from whom it derives part of its name. The "St. Exupéry" segment was added after its acquisition by the Comte Saint Exupéry in the 1820s. Over the years, the Zuger family, who took over in the 1950s, has been instrumental in elevating the quality and reputation of the wines produced here.
Vineyards and Terroir
Château Malescot St. Exupéry's vineyards are a true representation of the Margaux terroir:
- Soil Composition: The vineyards are blessed with gravelly soils, which provide excellent drainage and are conducive to the growth of high-quality vines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
- Grape Varieties: The estate predominantly grows Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with smaller plantings of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This blend results in wines that capture the elegance and finesse of Margaux.
Wine Style and Production
Château Malescot St. Exupéry is celebrated for wines that are:
- Characterized by their elegance, aromatic complexity, and a velvety texture that is typical of Margaux wines.
- The winemaking approach at the château emphasizes precision and respect for the grapes, ensuring that each vintage is a true reflection of its terroir.
Château Malescot St. Exupéry, classified as a Third Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, has consistently been recognized for producing wines that are emblematic of the Margaux appellation. Their wines are known for their balance, aromatic richness, and potential for aging. The estate's dedication to quality and authenticity has solidified its standing as a notable and esteemed Margaux producer.
Château Malescot St. Exupéry stands as a beacon of Margaux's elegance and charm. Through its storied history, deep understanding of its terroir, and commitment to winemaking excellence, the estate offers wines that are not only reflective of their origin but also rank among Bordeaux's finest. For those seeking the quintessential Margaux experience, Château Malescot St. Exupéry is an unmissable stop on the wine journey.