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BORDEAUX BARGAIN: 2010 Chateau Marsau - "The Petrus of the Cotes de Francs" RP

 

There’s nothing we like more than truffling around for a great wine at a great price, and it’s especially satisfying when you find a bargain from an established region – even more so when it’s also from a great vintage AND direct from the domaine. So what could be better than a Bordeaux bargain from nothing less than the sensational 2010 harvest?

Chateau Marsauis a bijou, 12ha estate in the Cotes des Francs region just a few kilometres east of St Emilion which proves that the so-called ‘humble’ satellite appellations can deliver real quality and satisfaction. Owned by the Chadronnier family, who have made significant investments in time and money to bring up the standards in both vineyard and winery, Chateau Marsau’s 2010 is undoubtedly their best wine yet; in fact, the estate’s 100% Merlot plantings and clay soils led none other than Bob Parker to say “Is it the Petrus of the Cotes de Francs?”

And Mr Parker is not the only one: James Suckling and Tim Atkin MW are also convinced of the 2010 giving extremely good reviews for a wine of this lowly price. Rather than break the habit of a lifetime, we opened a bottle in the office at lunchtime and it seriously delivered with really classy, plush fruit, beautifully balanced acidity and effortless drinkability.

Undoubtedly one to stock the cellar with. Go long!

 

Colour Vint. Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score Basket
Red 2010 Marsaubtls IB 54 0 £ 130 cs 92 (JS) Add

2010 Château Marsau [ex-Chateau]

92pts James Suckling“Best wine from here ever with wonderful blueberry, vanilla and blackberry aromas and flavors. Full body, with velvety tannins and a long finish.”

93pts Tim Atkin MW“Jean-Marie Chadronnier's under-rated property is improving with every vintage, the result of increasing vine age as well as better winemaking. The tannins are less evident than in 2009, balanced by sweet-savoury fruit flavours, refreshing acidity and fine, lingering finish. An estate to watch.”

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