Château Malescot Saint-Exupéry
Château Malescot Saint-Exupéry is a French winery in the Margaux appellation on the Médoc peninsula . The 23.5 hectare estate was given the rank of Troisième Grand Cru in the Bordeaux classification in 1855 .
The vineyards are planted to 50% with the grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon , 35% Merlot , 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot . After fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, the wine is aged in barriques for at least 12 months . Around 110,000 bottles are marketed annually.
The first vineyards were laid out in the 16th century by the Escoussé family; the individual parcels were named La Dame, Curton, Lalongua, Puch-Sam-Peyre, Ourmatan, and Lacoste. On August 1, 1697, Louise Escoussé sold the family property to Simon Malescot. His family led the winery into its first bloom. When Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Exupéry (the great-grandfather of the writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ) bought the estate on February 5, 1827 and added the Loyac plot to the estate, the château was one of the best wine producers in the Bordelais .
The successor owner M. Fourcade had the now known property and the wine cellar built. After numerous takeovers - between 1880 and 1955 the winery had a total of five owners who gave up discouraged by phylloxera disaster , powdery mildew and wars - it came into the possession of the English family WH Chaplin. They sold it together with the Château Marquis d'Alesme-Becker in 1955 to the Zuger family. Only seven hectares of vineyards were left of the Château Malescot Saint-Exupéry and the property was in very poor condition. The two goods were operated together until 1979 and returned to their old quality.
Château Malescot Saint-Exupéry is currently managed by Roger Zuger, Château Marquis d'Alesme-Becker by Jean-Claude Zuger.
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