Château Haut-Marbuzet - Saint-Estephe 2003
Château Haut Marbuzet - Saint-Estephe, 2003 (89 TSW)
Blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a deep ruby red color with brick edges.
On the medium+ nose aromas of dark berries, vanilla and forest floor with hints of cedar, mushrooms and spice box.
On the palate dry, with medium acidity and medium well integrated tannins. Flavours are a recall of the nose with black pepper and liquorice. Nicely balanced with a long long and pleasant finish.
About the winery:
Château Haut-Marbuzet is one of the oldest chateaus in Saint-Estèphe. However, the fame only came from 1952 when the father of the current owner, Henri Duboscq, bought the chateau.
The vineyards are beautifully situated on sloping slopes full of calcareous clay and pebble overlooking the Gironde river. The 75 hectares of vineyard are planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Direct neighbors are the famous chateaus Montrose and Cos d'Estournel. The three of them belong to the top of the appellation every year. The basis of the great success is the fact that Henri believes in late harvesting, where the grapes have their optimal ripeness. Henri is assisted by his sons Bruno and Hugues.