Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2001 Chateau Haut-Marbuzet – Bottle Notes

Château Haut-Marbuzet is in the Saint-Estèphe appellation of the Haut-Médoc. Its origins date back to the 18th century. The estate was acquired in 1952 by Hervé Duboscq. Today, his son Henri Duboscq is the winemaker and owner of Haut-Marbuzet. The Chateau is in some rarified air located between Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Montrose, the vineyard covers 61 hectares (150 acres) and is planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc.

Maroon in color with some bricking on the edges. 13% ABV. Red fruits, cedar and leather on the nose. Tobacco, cigar box, plums, prunes, currants and cassis on the palate. Silky tannins and a long, lush finish. Beautiful wine that can be drank now or cellared for another 3-5 years.

My rating: 91 points.

The 2010 version of Haut-Marbuzet should be available for $55 or so. I continue to contend that underlooked Bordeaux vintages like ’01, ’04, ’06 and ’08 represent great value in today’s market. This wine was no exception.

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