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2015 Chateau Marsau

2015 Chateau Marsau

Dubbed the 'Petrus of the Côtes de Francs' by none other than Robert Parker, Chateau Marsau is always one of the leading value propositions of the Right Bank and a real 'insiders' wine. The 2015 is the best vintage yet, with 93 points from Decanter and James Suckling alike.

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  • 'The Petrus of the Côtes de Francs'
    Robert Parker Jnr

    The Côtes de Bordeaux is an insider’s secret when it comes to value. Appellations like Blaye, Bourg and Castillon boast some terrific terroir but still fly under the radar on price. Perhaps the best-kept secret of all is Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, and we’ve got a 93-point blockbuster from one of its top producers.

    The 2015 Château Marsau comes from a property that Robert Parker has praised as “the reference point for the Côtes de Francs, producing an opulent, Pomerol-styled effort”. At under $20 a bottle, the quality/price ratio of this one is near impossible to beat, and it’s going to move fast.

    Francs may not be the best-known of the Côtes, but its top-tier estates are producing world-beating wines. Alongside the Chadronniers (owners of Chateau Marsau), the legendary Thienpont family are also a major presence here with Les Charmes Godard and Puygueraud. When heavyweight Bordeaux players are involved in an out-of-the-way region and producing wines of this quality at prices like these, shrewd buyers should take notice. Parker commends Marsau for “transcending its pedigree” and asks, “is it the Petrus of the Côtes de Francs?”

    Such comparisons aside, this is no copycat estate and has developed a sterling reputation in its own right. Parker asserts that “Marsau is producing the sexiest, most sumptuous wine in the Côtes de Francs” and “is a testament to the perfectionism of its proprietor”. Chadronnier is among the most prominent figures in the Bordeaux wine trade, with the knowledge and the financial muscle to make something very special at this home estate.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    APPELATION: Francs Cotes de Bordeaux
    HARVEST: October 5 - 10
    YIELD: 38 hl/ha
    BLEND: 100% Merlot
    ELEVAGE: 12 months in oak barrels, 30% of new oak

    TASTING NOTES
    A nose of black fruit, menthol, evolving into mineral notes when aired (pencil lead, chalk). An elegant palate, voluptuous, supple, silky tannins.

  • REVIEWS

    'Intense red-clay and blackberry aromas with brambleberries and mushrooms, too. Full-bodied, soft and round, yet the tannins pull you in with their power. Pretty depth and intensity. Needs time to mellow..'
    93 Points - James Suckling


    'Another strong showing from the Côtes, this time from Mathieu Chardonnier's home estate. You would be extremely happy to share this impactful, fleshy but uncomplicated wine with friends. It showcases the potential of a 100% Merlot wine, allowing itself to rely simply on juicy, ripe fruit to make an impression.'
    93 Points - Decanter


    'The 2015 Marsau is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with a savory, meaty, earthy nose of smoked meats and scorched earth over a core of warm plums and blackberry pie plus a hint of pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, chewy structure and good concentration of muscular fruit, finishing savory/sweet.'
    90 Points - Wine Advocate

    'The 2015 Marsau is made by the "better half" of CVBG's Mathieu Chardronnier. It is 100% Merlot from 30-year-old vines planted on clay soil and matured in 30% new oak. It felt a little pinched on the nose at first, a little unresponsive, though with aeration I found a light marine influence tincturing the black fruit and it began to find a (prenatal) voice. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin. There is good weight here: furry textured tannin, but appreciable freshness and a sense of elegance on the finish. Give this 2-3 years in bottle and you will have a fine Francs - Côtes de Bordeaux on your hands.'
    Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


    'Very solid, with a beam of black currant and fig paste flavors enlivened with singed juniper and warm tobacco notes. Reveals a light charcoal hint through the finish. Focused and fresh. Drink now through 2021.'
    90 Points - Wine Spectator