“Unfortunately, there are only small quantities of this impeccably made 100% Merlot…a Pomerol-look-alike…Is it the Petrus of the Côtes de Francs?”

Robert Parker on Château Marsau.

While Château Marsau sits in the not very widely known right bank appellation of Côtes de Francs, the Petrus comparison isn’t just hyperbole. Marsau’s vineyards are atop a clay outcrop, with 12 hectares of thirty five year old vines including a portion on the precious and rare ‘blue clay’ that appears in Petrus and almost nowhere else. We tasted their 2015 during our week in Bordeaux tasting the 2017s from barrel, and we were blown away by it. While it’s a small production wine, we managed to dig ourselves up a healthy parcel at a hot price, for good measure including half bottles and magnums.

92-93 points from James Suckling, 90 from the Wine Advocate, 89-91 from Neal Martin, 90 from the Wine Spectator, and 16.5/20 from Jancis Robinson. Consensus like that doesn’t come easy at this price. No doubt it’s a ripe and powerful wine, but as Neal Marin writes there’s also “appreciable freshness and a sense of elegance on the finish”. This is an obscenely impressive and intense wine for the money. Back up the truck, and load up.

Château Marsau, Côtes de Francs, Bordeaux

“A very dense and rich Marsau with big tannin structure and ripe fruit. Full body, tar and blackberry character. Asphalt and graphite undertones.”
92-93 Pts., James Suckling

“The 2015 Marsau is medium to deep garnet purple in color with a savory, meaty, earthy nose of smoked meats and scorched earth over a core of warm plums and blackberry pie plus a hint of pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, chewy structure and good concentration of muscular fruit, finishing savory and sweet”
90 pts., Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate