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Chateau Haut Marbuzet St. Estephe Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other Bordeaux wine producers: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles
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Haut Marbuzet was founded in the 18th century, taking its name from Marbuzet, the sector where the property resides.  Chateau Haut Marbuzet was established by Alexander de Segur, who owned a myriad of Bordeaux wine properties including another, much better known St. Estephe vineyard, Calon Segur. At his death, the land was divided and sold. In fact a portion of the vineyards became a part of Le Crock. In 1825, the land was purchased by the MacCarthy family, who officially established what became Haut Marbuzet.
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The interesting Duboscq family owns Chateau Haut Marbuzet today. Herve Duboscq may have been illiterate until he was at least nine, but he was shrewd.  He built Haut Marbuzet from 17 acres into 143 acres over time.  In 1962 Herve was joined by his son Henri, who now manages the estate today with his two sons. It was said that the elder Duboscq at times described Bordeaux wines by comparing them to different female body parts.  He was quite the character!

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Haut Marbuzet is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc on a gravel and clay soil, with limestone. On average, the vines are close to 30 years of age, The vineyard of Chateau Marbuzet is planted to a vine density of 9,000 vines per hectare. The vinification of Haut Marbuzet takes place in large oak vats and is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for close to 18 months. On average, the estate produces about 30,000 cases of Haut Marbuzet per year. There is a second wine, MacCarthy. The Duboscq family also owns two other Bordeaux, estates Chateau Chambert Marbuzet and Tour de Marbuzet.
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From 1982 to 1990, Haut Marbuzet was on top of their game as they produced outstanding Bordeaux wine. The wines which showed well young were opulent, lush, oaky and filled with soft, ripe fruit. While still well priced, the quality seems to have slipped since the 1990 vintage.
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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2012 Château Haut-Marbuzet

    1. With cedar wood, earth and dark berries, this soft, round-textured, medium-bodied wine is forward in style and finishes with soft ripe cherries. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2011 Château Haut-Marbuzet

    1. Blending 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.4% alcohol. Aged in 100% new oak for 12 months before being moved to one year-old barrels to finish the aging. Only a small percentage of the vines were damaged by the September hail storms. They were forced to pick some of their Cabernet Sauvignon vines a little earlier than they would have liked for fear of rot. Ruby in color with oak, clay, earth and wood in the nose. Round, sweet dark berries in the mouth, but there is a woody dry sensation in the finish. This is the 50th vintage for the owner. 85-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  3. 2010 Château Haut-Marbuzet

    1. Haut Maubuzet - Medium boded, cassis filled, correctly made, beefy wine that should drink well shortly after release. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  4. 2009 Château Haut-Marbuzet

    1. Vanilla, herbs, cedar wood, blackberry, smoke and pepper in the nose, round and opulent in texture, the wine ends with sweet, ripe blackberries and toast. Haut Marbuzet is a wine that always drinks well on the young side due to its lavish oak treatment

      90 points - Tasted
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  5. 2008 Château Haut-Marbuzet

    1. Already fun to drink, the wine offers blackberries, earth, smoke and coffee bean aromas, soft tannins with a slightly, oaky finish.

      88 points - Tasted
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  6. 2005 Château Haut-Marbuzet

    1. Medium/full bodied withsoft, round textures and a perfume filled with coffee bean, black raspberry, wild strawberry, plum and spice, the wine is already drinking well. This will probably be at its best over the next decade as it does not seem to have the stuffing to make it to old age.

      90 points - Tasted
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  7. 1990 Château Haut-Marbuzet

    1. Tobacco, smoke, earth, forest floor, cassis, wood and red plums, medium/full bodied with plush, soft textures. The wine offers more on the nose than the palte. After giving pleasure since the day it was bottled, this St. Estephe wine has started to gently decline. My last bottle of a case purchase. Drink up as it's going to continue losing fruit.

      88 points - Tasted
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