The Magic Number at Malescot St. Exupery
Post by Alex Shaw | April 7th, 2011
A handful of truly mythical numbers for Bordeaux lovers—1945, 1959, 1982, and, possibly most of all, 1961—are widely considered the greatest vintages of all time. These are legendary years that all Bordeaux lovers know but few have actually had the opportunity to experience. I’d certainly never had the chance to taste any of them…until recently.
Along with a few of my colleagues, I attended a dinner at Chateau Malescot St. Exupery in Margaux on Tuesday night. The weather this week has been nothing short of fantastic, and on this absolutely stunning evening, we had appetizers and vin rosé in the chateau’s luxurious back yard. Over dinner, there was a steady upward arc in the quality of wines, the 2006 La Dame de Malescot (their second wine), followed by three vintages of Malescot out of magnum: 2004, 2000 and 1989. Each wine was a step up in depth, complexity, nuance and overall quality, with the 1989 in the absolute prime of its drinking window. It was the first 1989 I’d had on this trip, and it was a real treat. (more…)