Château Haut-Marbuzet 2016 : a delicious Saint-Estèphe
Château Haut-Marbuzet is a cru bourgeois produced in the Saint-Estèphe appellation. The vineyard covers an area of 66 hectares and is made up of 50% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The vineyards, aged 30 years on average, are planted on Günzien gravel and a subsoil of clay-limestone. Château Haut-Marbuzet is aged in new oak barrels.
At tasting, the Château Haut-Marbuzet 2016 reveals aromas of red fruits mixed with kirsch notes and cream of blackcurrant. On the palate one can observe a crisp acidity, with delicious fruity (ripe), toasted (tobacco) and peppery notes. This Saint-Estèphe is balanced, fine and powerful at the same time, to be consumed 2026-2031.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Haut Marbuzet has exactly the kind of bouquet you expect from this Saint Estephe owned by the Duboscq family: decadent and very ripe red berry fruit intermixed with kirsch and crème de cassis. Fortunately, it delivers all this ripeness with satisfying freshness and detail. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, plenty of concentrated black fruit tinged with tobacco and white pepper. All it is missing is just a little more persistent on the aftertaste, but otherwise, this is no more, no less than an absolutely delicious Saint-Estèphe that will give 20-25 years of drinking pleasure. No other wine from the appellation this year will give you so much joy.