Chateau Haut-Marbuzet, Saint-Estephe 1999 ~ Bordeaux, France
17/20 La revue du vin de France
15/20 Vinum wine magazine
2 Stars Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2013
Le Guie Hachette des Vins "This wine remains at the top of its appellation. Like the grape variety (mostly Cabernets) from which it comes, and its remarkable soil (croup de graves), it is part of the Medocan spirit with its beautiful garnet color. In the bouquet, the new wood appears with elegant vanilla and roasted notes, but without eclipsing the red fruits in which they blend. The palate has a tannic evolution that a fleshy side makes a little charmer. Well covered by the material, the frame leads to a final that certainly does not lack class."
Chateau Haut Marbuzet produces one of the most hedonistic and voluptuous wines in the Médoc today. It is classified as a Cru Bourgeois, yet its wines regularly outshine many offerings from its more illustrious Grand Cru classès neighbours.
Château Haut-Marbuzet is one of the oldest and most renouned properties in Saint Estèphe. The vineyard is perfectly located, on gravelly slopes mixed with clay and limestone. The high proportion of Merlot (40%) in the blend gives it an exceptionally soft, mellow character, resulting in Robert Parker describing it as the most sensual wine in Bordeaux.
The 40 hectare estate is located about 2 kilometres north of Cos d'Estournel in the tiny hamlet of Marbuzet in St-Estéphe. Its vineyards are well sited facing the Gironde estuary and are planted on gravel rich soils.
The property was purchased in 1952 by Hervé Dubosq and is now owned and managed by his son, Henri. The wine is now typically a blend of 50% Cabernt Sauvignon, 40%Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The high percentage of Merlot accentuates the fleshy, supple side of the wine and this is further accentuated by harvesting as late as possible and by maturing the wine in 100% new oak barrels for 18 months.
Henri Dubosq's wines are rich and voluptuous to drink young with plenty of concentrated fruit and chocolatey-vanilla aromas, yet also age beautifully.
The talented and welcoming owners and winemaking Duboscq family, has over many years built a very solid fan base for their supple, rounded wines with well-integrated tannins and intense aromas.
Saint-Estèphe is one of the many famous Left Bank red wine appellations of Bordeaux, known for reds based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Situated at the northern end of the Haut-Médoc region on the gravelly western shores of the Gironde estuary, Saint-Estèphe is separated from its famous neighbor, Pauillac, only by a stream, yet there are significant differences between them.