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2016 Château Marsau, Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux
A nose of black fruit, menthol, evolving into mineral notes when aired (pencil lead, chalk). An elegant palate, voluptuous, supple, silky tannins
Grape Variety: 80% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc
“Is this the Petrus of the Cotes de Francs”? – Robert Parker
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2016 Château Marsau, Cotes de Bordeaux Francs, France
A nose of black fruit, menthol, evolving into mineral notes when aired (pencil lead, chalk). An elegant palate, voluptuous, supple, silky tannins.
This sports a fleshy feel, with warm plum and cassis notes supported by a fresh chalky spine. Shows good energy through the finish. Sneakily long. Rating: 90-93 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2017)
This is a rich and dense Marsau and probably the best ever. Full body and a wonderful depth of fruit and chocolate. Love the texture and intensity. Shows sophistication. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2017)
In the early 1990s, the Chadronnier family, one of the biggest names in Bordeaux, saw the huge potential of the overlooked Côtes de Francs. It’s the smallest appellation of the Bordeaux Côtes, with just 490 hectares of vines, mostly red. Its soils are clay and limestone, over the limestone plateau. A few vineyards have a very similar slope and elevation to fine Saint Emilion, to the east. No wonder there’s been excitement growing. Château Marsau’s 12 hectare plot lies close to the top of the slope, northeast of the village of Francs. All Merlot, this full bodied, generous, fruit laden claret is aged a year in oak, 30% new.