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  • Country ranking ?

    4 537
  • Producer ranking ?

    8
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

Tucked between châteaux 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. Overlooking the Gironde estuary, it is mainly located on the gravel ridge of Marbuzet and the plateau of Long Treytin. The high proportion of merlot, rather unusual in traditional blendings, as well as a long maturing in new oak barrels, greatly contribute to the mellowness of the wine. Often described as exotic or opulent, Haut-Marbuzet wines develop a suppleness and an individual expressive character that are unusual in the normally austere style of Saint-Estèphe.
A second wine is produced from the vines under 12 years old, under the label Château MacCarthy which bears the name of the Irish Jacobite family who created the vineyard.

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Vintage 1990

Château Haut-Marbuzet is a Bordeaux wine estate in the Saint-Estèphe appellation area of the Haut-Médoc.
Although its origins go back to the 18th century, the estate only emerged as a leading quality producer from 1952 after Hervé Duboscq acquired it.
Today, his son Henri Duboscq is the winemaker and owner of Haut-Marbuzet, along with Château Chambert-Marbuzet and Château Tour de Marbuzet.

Initially listed among the Cru Bourgeois in 1932, and later promoted Grand Bourgeois Exceptionnel in 1978, the estate was classified as one of 9 Crus Bourgeois Exceptionnels in the 2003 official listing.[4] According to David Peppercorn, "Today, Haut-Marbuzet is widely considered of a cru classé status, well off the bottom rung".

Tucked between châteaux 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. Overlooking the Gironde estuary, it is mainly located on the gravel ridge of Marbuzet and the plateau of Long Treytin. The high proportion of merlot, rather unusual in traditional blendings, as well as a long maturing in new oak barrels, greatly contribute to the mellowness of the wine. Often described as exotic or opulent, Haut-Marbuzet wines develop a suppleness and an individual expressive character that are unusual in the normally austere style of Saint-Estèphe.
A second wine is produced from the vines under 12 years old, under the label Château MacCarthy which bears the name of the Irish Jacobite family who created the vineyard.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep and Brick red

ending

Long, Lingering and Spicy

flavors

Blackcurrant, Smoky, Cedar, Cassis, Perfumed and Spice

nose

Open and Ripe

taste

High tannin, Concentrated, Well-structured, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Firm, Rich, Ripe and Drying tannins

Verdict

Impressive and Well made

Written Notes

Tasted in October 2014. This wine's been a pure delight from early days. 24 years after its birth it still has catching appearence. Delicious nose of sweet blackcurrants, very attractive and captivating, exquisite balance, velvety palate, firm fruity aftertaste. Great to enjoy now as this wine is on its apogeum. I believe there's more than 10 years additional life in this wine!

  • 93p
1990 Tight nose. Berry, cedar and some earthy elements. Bright berry and black cherry flavors on entry. Good intensity and supple on mid palate, but disappoints later on as drying tannins take over, leaving a cedary, gravelly finish. I kept tasting this one because it seemed very promising and yet ultimately not satisfying as it started. Still pretty good. 89 points
  • 89p

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Origin

Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Haut-Marbuzet 1990  ( Château Haut-Marbuzet )

Tasted in October 2014. This wine's been a pure delight from early days. 24 years after its birth it still has catching appearence. Delicious nose of sweet blackcurrants, very attractive and captivating, exquisite balance, velvety palate, firm fruity aftertaste. Great to enjoy now as this wine is on its apogeum. I believe there's more than 10 years additional life in this wine!

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 Michael Jones, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  Château Haut-Marbuzet 1990  ( Château Haut-Marbuzet )

"1990 Tight nose. Berry, cedar and some earthy elements. Bright berry and black cherry flavors on entry. Good intensity and supple on mid palate, but disappoints later on as drying tannins take over, leaving a cedary, gravelly finish. I kept tasting this one because it seemed very promising and yet ultimately not satisfying as it started. Still pretty good. 89 points"

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