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Chateau Haut-Marbuzet, Saint-Estephe 2006 37.5 cl

The property has its origins as far back as the 18th century, though it only really emerged as a source of quality wines from the 1950s onwards following purchase by Hervé Duboscq. The estate is today managed by Hervé's son, Henri.

Awarded Cru Bourgeois in 1932, and then promoted to Grand Bourgeois Exceptionnel in 1978, the estate was again classified as one of 9 Crus Bourgeois Exceptionnels in the 2003 official listing. Crus Bourgeois can represent excellent value for money and this chateau would be a solid example.

Covering 61Ha the estate lies between châteaux Cos d'Estournel and Montrose. Soils are gravel dominant. The vineyards are planted with classic Bordeaux varietals, though at Haut-Marbuzet a higher proportion of Merlot is present and reflected in the blend also.

The 2006 vintage is showing very well at this point, showing crème de cassis, plum, leather, tar and cedar on the nose. The palette is rich, concentrated with generous black fruits and sous bois.

This wine is ready to drink now.