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Château Marsau 2016

Francs Côtes de Bordeaux AOC

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  • 93pts, James Suckling, 2017

From the Right Bank's stellar rising Côtes de Francs, this is a gorgeous, dense, all Merlot claret. Owned by Bordeaux négociant president, Chadronnier, it's in experienced hands. Meticulous winemaking is apparent in this fine, ripe and ample 2016.

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Tasting notes

Generous, deep black fruit, chocolate and exotic spice, oaky length

Aroma

Ripe blackberry, black cherry and dark chocolate, oak notes

Château Marsau 2016

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  • 14.5% ABV
  • 10.88 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2024

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. A serious wine yet with immediate appeal, Suckling called this "probably the best ever". Decant for best results.

"Rich and dense Marsau, probably the best ever. Full body and wonderful depth of fruit and chocolate" James Suckling
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