2012 Marsau, Côtes de Bordeaux
*Editors' Choice* This special selection, tight-cropped from 30 acres of 100% Merlot, is ripe and rich. This is a smoky and fruity wine, in barrel for 14 months. It has ripe black fruits and rich, dense structure. Spice and toast balance the fruit, giving an impressive sense of generosity. Drink from 2017. (RV)
A wine displaying raspberries, violets, cacao and creamy notes. This is a full-bodied red with round tannins, crisp acidity and a long, fresh finish.
(Made by the wife of Matthieu Chardonnier and presented personally to me by the proud husband.) Deep crimson. Very luscious and ripe. Exceptional for the vintage! Very rich. Perhaps not quite enough freshness for perfection but well done overall.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From Jean-Marie Chadronnier, this excellent Francs Côtes de Bordeaux is mostly Merlot and reflects that in its supple, juicy, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. Lush, medium-bodied and very pure, it should drink nicely for another 5-8 years. (RP)
Dark red cherries, smoke, licorice and tobacco meld together in the 2012 Marsau, an attractive if somewhat rustic 100% Merlot from the Côtes de Franc. Firm tannins balance some of the overtness in the fruit, making for hearty, bistro-style red to drink over the next few years. (AG)
Sleek, with good cut and underlying iron notes carrying pure red currant and black cherry fruit. A backdrop of singed cedar and tobacco leaf emerges on the finish. Not big, but pure and fresh. (JM, Web-2015)
100% Merlot and delicious right now.