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To all Wine Exchangers,
While most of the great terroirs of Bordeaux are located in the prestigious regions that most of us are familiar with (Pauillac, Pomerol, etc), there are other great micro-areas of exceptional terroir that exist outside those famous appellations.  Problem is, most of these extraordinary vineyards are owned by small growers.  And while they may be good viticulturists, many don't know how to deal with their grapes nor can afford the kind of cellar you need to make the style of wine people ultimately want. 

Wine merchant and grape-grower Mathieu Chadronnier knows this and has the knowledge and financial backing to not only grow great grapes, but to make great wine.  Back in 1994, Mathieu’s father, who was the previous CEO of CVBG (one of Bordeaux’s finer négociant houses where Mathieu now ‘runs things’) found the perfect spot in the Cotes de Francs, an appellation just a few miles east of St. Emilion.  Now, along with his winemaker wife Anne-Laurence, they have the luxury to do both.
 
Chateau Marsau is a 24-acre jewel that has been called by Robert Parker “The Petrus of the Cotes de Francs” due to its exceptional terroir.  Situated on south facing slope at the highest point of the appellation, the vineyard is planted to 100% Merlot in black and grey clay soils. The vineyard’s modest surface demands unparalleled attention during the growing season.  Rigorous pruning, early leaf-thinning and green harvests keeps yields low to achieve the desired level of ripeness in each plot. Ageing in French oak barrels is done in separate lots in order to preserve the identity of each plot with the final blend happening after 12 months.
I had the pleasure of visiting the estate on a cold, damp February Sunday.  We walked the vineyard and I saw with my own eyes why this piece of dirt is so special.   Because of the infamous clay soils that make this terroir so special, it was quite the work-out walking though the vineyard. Taking over the production in 2012, Anne-Laurence and Mathieu have converted the viticulture to 100% organic farming.  It is a decision Anne-Laurence says, “we take with humility, and determination. Humility since we do not claim this is the one and only virtuous way.  And determination, because we cannot ignore the environmental responsibility that we all bear.”  She goes on to say, “we are convinced that this approach stimulates life in the soil since it puts more limits to what we can use.  Organic farming inspires us to consider the vineyard in its entirety, including the surrounding prairies and woodlands, and to view the land with a loving eye, and the caring hand of a devoted gardener.”
 
While we loved all the wines from this estate going back to the 90’s, what is happening now is something to really take notice of… especially at this wine’s remarkable price point.  Of this best-ever 2016 Marsau, James Suckling writes: “There’s a very bright and ripe array of dark berries and plums with an earthy edge, as well as nuances of sweetly fragrant black truffle. The palate has a very supple and fluid core of ripe dark plums with a very sleek, polished and compressed bed of tannins. Great depth and drive here through the finish. Mouthwatering, pure merlot. 94 Points.”
 
We did some research and quite honestly can’t find many other (if any) 2016 Bordeaux in stock now that grabbed ‘94’ from James that sell for under $20.
 
For those of you that took advantage of our big bottle library offers on this chateau last year be advised that the 2016 meets or surpasses the efforts this brilliant property put forth in 1998, 2000 and 2001.  Epic juice!
 
With the consistency of this estate over the past twenty years producing world class wine for an outstanding price, it’s great to know there are passionate people like Mathieu and Anne-Laurence keeping us lovers of exceptionally made Bordeaux without taking out a second mortgage to pay for it!
Marsau Cotes de Francs 2016
94 Points! There’s a very bright and ripe array of dark berries and plums with an earthy edge, as well as nuances of sweetly fragrant black truffle. The palate has a very supple and fluid core of ripe dark plums with a very sleek, polished and compressed bed of tannins. Great depth and drive here through the finish. Mouthwatering, pure merlot. Try from 2023. - James Suckling
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