The second wine of Chateau Marsau from the Côtes de Francs, Bordeaux. Like its stablemate, it is made from 100% Merlot, but using the younger vines of the estate, planted in 2001 and 2002. It is raised in a combination of tank and barrel, with a further 12 months ageing in oak.
Prelude is resolutely a fruit-driven wine, with plenty of charm and character, and most importantly, drinkability.
Chateau Marsau is located near to the historic village of Francs, a few kilometres East of Saint-Emilion. The vineyard lies on one of the highest points of the Francs Cotes de Bordeaux appellation. Based on the region, the individual aspect of the vineyard, soil type and climate, the decision was made to plant Merlot - the emblematic variety of the Right Bank. Chateau Marsau's aim is to take full advantage of the quality of the fruit grown in their vineyard, and to faithfully express the personality of the terroir and vintage. To that end, each separate parcel of fruit is aged in oak barrels, to preserve the individual identity of each cuvee. The final blend is made at the end of a 12-month period, bringing into being the Chateau Marsau.
There is fruit and wet earth with hints of tobacco. Medium body, firm tannins and a juicy finish. Subtle meat and berry flavors. Second wine of Château Marsau.