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2003 Ch. Marsau, Côtes de Francs

2003 Ch. Marsau, Côtes de Francs

Red | Drink now | Chateau Marsau | Code:  1002 | 2003 | France > Bordeaux > Cotes de Francs | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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£204.96

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Scores and Reviews

The Wine Advocate - A sleeper of the vintage, this primarily Merlot-dominated offering is made by Jean-Marie Chadronnier, one of the most articulate spokespeople for Bordeaux. His small estate is the reference point for the Cotes de Francs, producing an opulent, Pomerol-styled effort possessing a deep ruby/purple color, a huge, fragrant, floral and berry-scented bouquet, loads of texture, and an expansive finish displaying tremendous purity as well as intensity. Drink this seductive, low acid 2003 during its first 8-10 years of life. Very impressive! 90-92/100 points. (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr-2004)

Parker - A sleeper of the vintage, this primarily Merlot-dominated offering is made by Jean-Marie Chadronnier, one of the most articulate spokespeople for Bordeaux. His small estate is the reference point for the Cotes de Francs, producing an opulent, Pomerol-styled effort possessing a deep ruby/purple color, a huge, fragrant, floral and berry-scented bouquet, loads of texture, and an expansive finish displaying tremendous purity as well as intensity. Drink this seductive, low acid 2003 during its first 8-10 years of life. Very impressive! 90-92/100 points. (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr-2004)

The Producer

Chateau Marsau

Chateau Marsau

This excellent little property in the obscure Côtes de Francs is producing delicious wines.

Owned by the president of Bordeaux negociant, Dourthe, Jean-Marie Chadronnier, Chateau Marsau has been heralded by Robert Parker as "The Petrus of the Côtes de Francs".

Lying at the top of a hill, north-east of the village of Francs, the vineyards benefit from an excellent microclimate, with exceptional sunshine hours. The soils are predominantly clay which suits the Merlot grape variety, with which 85% of the vineyards are planted, very well.

The character of the wines is classic right-bank with soft, round, elegant fruit and fabulous balance.

The Grape

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

The Region

Cotes de Francs

Cotes de Francs

Although with a wine-growing history that dates back to the 11th century, Côtes de Francs only received its Appellation Contrôllée in 1976.  Production is almost entirely red, with Merlot the most important contributor.  The region itself adjoins the St Emilion satellite appellations of Puisseguin and Lussac, and style of the wine is not dissimilar. The Côtes de Francs is seen as a region of some potential, attractive several luminaries from the major Bordeaux estates, including the Hébrard and Boüard families (Ch. De Francs), Patrick Valette (Ch. La Prade) and the Thienponts (Ch. Puyguéraud).  Jean-Marie Chadronnier’s Ch. Marsau is a fine introduction to the region.

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