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Chateau Malescot Saint Exupery

Ranked as a 3rd growth in the 1855 classification of the Left Bank, Châteaux Malescot Saint-Exupery is situated in the small village of Margaux. The history of the estate dates back to 1616 when the property was owned by the Escousses family, who were notaries for the King. In 1697 it was sold to Simon Malescot who was attorney-general to Louis XIV, and it remained in the family until the French Revolution, at which point it was divided between three family members. Over the ensuing years the vineyards were further split, and split again. In 1813 the estate was acquired by Francois Benoit Dunogues , who in turn sold it to Louis Pierlot in 1825. It was then bought by Compte Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Exupery [the grandfather of the famous aviator-writer] who, following tradition, renamed the estate Château Malescot Saint-Exupery. However as the family were in some debt at the time of his death, the estate was resold to M. Fourcade in 1853. He died just three years later, and the property was sold to a group of owners, among them a M. Boissac who was a visionary, and the Château became the first winery in Bordeaux to use gravity during fermentation; at that time a revolutionary move! However, things went somewhat downhill from there, and in 1900 the estate was sold at auction During WW1 the French government ordered it to be confiscated. Malescot Saint-Exupery was in a very poor state with just 7 hectares of vines left, but rescue came n 1955 when the Zuger family acquired the estate and extensive replanting began. Jean Luc Zuger took over in 1994 and continues to manage the property today, which now has 30 hectares under vine planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot on Pyrenean gravel, chalk and clay soils with iron deposits. The age of the vines is 35 years and parts of the vineyard adjoin those of Château Margaux. The wines are aged for between 14 and 16 months in oak - 80% to 100% new. The Malescot Saint-Exupery style is big and aromatic, with pure rich fruit, and are very well-priced for Bordeaux wines of this quality.