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2009 Ch. Marsau, Côtes de Francs

2009 Ch. Marsau, Côtes de Francs

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

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Scores and Reviews

BBR

16/20

TIM_ATKIN

92

JANCIS

15.5/20

PARKER

87-89+/100

WS

88-91/100

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 - timatkin.com - April 2010)

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 - jancisrobinson.com - 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)

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

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

Merlot

Merlot

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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