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2009 Ch. Marsau, Côtes de Francs

2009 Ch. Marsau, Côtes de Francs

Red | Ready, but will keep | Code:  952634 | 2009 | France > Bordeaux > Cotes de Francs | Merlot | Medium Bodied, Dry | 14.5 % alcohol


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The Wine Advocate




Wine Spectator




Tim Atkin


The Wine Advocate - A Merlot wine displaying loads of mocha and black cherry fruit, with hints of tobacco leaf and coffee, this wine is dense, pure, medium to full-bodied, fleshy and quite seductive in its ripeness and silkiness. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 23/12/2011

Jancis - Very deep crimson. Not much scent. Very opulent on the palate – sweet, creamy chocolate cream. Not that heavy so not full-on Napa Valley-style but a sort of Napa Valley cadet. Dry finish. But very long and pretty alcoholic. Just a bit attenuated.
(Jancis Robinson MW - - April 2010)

Wine Spectator - Rich and spicy, with wet earth, berry and currant notes. Full and chewy. A little rustic, but interesting.
(James Suckling - Wine Spectator - April 2010)

Parker - A delicious Cotes de Francs, the 2009 Marsau offers sweet red and black fruits, licorice, and a hint of caramel, medium to full-bodied flavors, sweet but elevated tannins, a layered mouthfeel, and a long finish. With good purity, overall equilibrium, and intensity, this wine should drink well for a decade or more.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - April 2010)

Tim Atkin - The best Marsau I’ve had yet from Jean-Marie Chadronnier’s up-and-coming estate in the Côtes de Francs. There’s a touch of reduction here at the moment, but the underlying fruit is well-structured, plush and aromatic, with muscular tannins, fresh acidity and well-handled oak. 10 years.
(Tim Atkin - - April 2010)

The Grape



The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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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