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1983 Haut-Marbuzet, St-Estèphe

SKU #950903 90 points Wine Spectator

 A wonderful glass of wine, full of fruit and sophisticated wood character. Full-bodied and rich with supersoft tannins and an array of cedar, tobacco, licorice and ripe fruit flavors. Drinkable now.  (10/1994)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Fully mature since it was released, the 1983 Haut-Marbuzet continues to offer that decadent, flashy style that admirers of this estate's wines enjoy. The huge nose of jammy black-raspberry fruit, coffee, smoky oak, and herbs leaps from the glass. Medium to full-bodied and voluptuous, this soft, fat, viscously textured wine is still alarmingly low in acidity, yet it shows no sign of decline. The color exhibits some amber at the edge, but, wow, what an explosive, ripe, intense mouthfeel this wine provides! It should drink well until the end of this decade. Last tasted, 5/93.  (8/1993)

K&L Notes

90 points Neil Martin: "Tasted single blind at the Fine Wine Experience horizontal in London. This has a deep garnet core with tawny rim. A really wonderful, warm, inviting nose with baked red cherries, warm stones, mulberry, a slight tinny scent (that dissipates with time in glass) and a hint of tar. Great definition. Medium-bodied, smooth entry, very harmonious with nigh on perfect vertical. It does not have a great weight or persistency, a little attenuated towards the oaky, polished finish but very elegant with lots of vitality. Coquettish. This is a lovely, ‘amiable’ Saint Estephe. Drink now-2015. Tasted October 2008." (Wine Journal, 5/2009)


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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Saint Estephe

- The northern-most of the Medoc communes, St. Estephe is quickly becoming one of the favorite areas for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. While it has fewer classified growths than the other communes, it also boasts some of the hottest up and coming chateaux of the last several. The most famous chateaux are the second growths Montrose and Cos d'Estournel with Calon Segur (3rd growth), Lafon Rochet (4th growth), and Cos Labory (5th growth) rounding out the cru classe wines. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the area, but plantings of Merlot are on the rise resulting in rounder, fatter, flashier wines than in years past.