2016 Marsau, Côtes de Bordeaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1301879 93-94 points James Suckling

 This is a rich and dense Marsau and probably the best ever. Full body and a wonderful depth of fruit and chocolate. Love the texture and intensity. Shows sophistication.  (4/2017)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 This sports a fleshy feel, with warm plum and cassis notes supported by a fresh chalky spine. Shows good energy through the finish. Sneakily long. (Web only, 2017) (JM)

89-90 points Decanter

 This is an extremely reliable Côtes wine from owner Mathieu Chardronnier that absolutely deserves to be recognised for its succulent fruit and restrained but confident extraction and balance. This is very good, emphasising what 2016 does so well with the reds. It is juicy and powerful but not excessive, making it an utterly drinkable wine. (JA)  (4/2017)

88-90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This wine is richly spicy and refreshingly juicy. Fine tannins give the wine its structure while leaving the beautiful fruit right up front. This will be ready from 2025. (RV)  (4/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Marsau, which is pure Merlot picked 7-15 October, undergoes a soft extraction and now tends to be blended earlier during the élevage. It has a lovely nose of brambly black fruit, lively and well defined with a pastille-like purity, a second bottle showing a touch of camphor. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, tightly wound blackberry and raspberry fruit with a light, slightly linear finish. (NM)  (4/2017)


 The 2016 Marsau packs a serious punch. Firm and muscular in its first impression, the 2016 offers notable intensity in its dark fruit. There is an element of austerity in the tannin that needs to soften. Otherwise, this is a solid showing. (AG)  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2017 | Send Email
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According to James Suckling, our friend and fellow Bordeaux wine lover, this is a great value--we missed it on the April trip, but we love the 2012 which we carry. Only one negociant has the exclusivity for the USA for marsau and we did not go to that office. I trust james and he says “This is a rich and dense Marsau and probably the best ever. Full body and a wonderful depth of fruit and chocolate. Love the texture and intensity. Shows sophistication.” 93-94
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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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