Château Haut-Marbuze 2014 is only made with grapes from vines over 12 years old. The grapes are fermented with natural yeasts in a mix of glazed concrete and large wooden vats before ageing in 100% new barriques for 18-24 months, depending on the vintage. Henri Duboscq believes the scent and unctuousness of the new oak adds to the natural richness of the wine and helps to soften 'Macho Médoc'.
The vines are pretty densely planted at almost 9,000 vines per hectare, forcing the vines to send roots deep into the soil to overcome the competition for water and nutrients. This serves to naturally reduce yields and increase the concentration and complexity of the grapes' flavours.
The fruits are harvested as late as possible and aged for 18 months in new oak barrels which yields a creamy oak and level ripeness. The high Merlot content lends for a voluptuous wine that is approachable in its youth.
by Hugues & Bruno Duboscqs
hectare Haut-Marbuzet plot in Saint-Estèphe from the MacCarthy family, one of the famous Irish ‘Wild Geese’ families who had settled in Bordeaux in the 17th century. Although located between Châteaux Cos d’Estournel and Montrose, the quality of this unique terroir was not appreciated during the post war period and Hervé gradually bought all of the MacCarthy family's other vineyard plots, eventually building up a 76 hectare estate.
This was passed on to his son, Henri, who firmly established the wine’s pedigree and reputation. The estate is now run by his sons, Hugues and Bruno. From the outset the Duboscqs developed their own style, less muscular and more approachable than the firmer structured wines of other Saint-Estèphe estates.
Château Haut-Marbuzet is farmed in a reasoned fashion and no chemical weed killers are used. sustainabilty