Chateau Certan Marzelle Pomerol, 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 important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles
The origins of Chateau Certan Marzelle date back to the 1700’s. At the time, it was part of a large parcel located on the Pomerol plateau that later gave birth to Certan de May and Vieux Chateau Certan. Chateau Certan Marzelle was purchased in 1956 by the Giraud family. After 1956, the family changed the name to Chateau Certan Giraud. For the next few decades, the wines produced at Chateau Certan Giraud were adequate, but undistinguished.
In 1999, the Pomerol estate was sold to Ets. Moueix and Jean Hubert Delon of Leoville Las Cases.Jean Hubert Delon came away with 4 hectares, which he added to his Pomerol property, Chateau Nenin. The remaining land went to Christian Moueix. The vineyard was used to produce two wines, Certan Marzelle and Chateau Hosanna.
Christian Moueix considered selling the wine under the name of Chateau Certan to reflect its heritage. While the owner of Vieux Chateau Certan, Alexander Thienpont had no problem with Ets Moueix selling the wine under the name of Chateau Certan, the owner of the Moueix managed estate, Chateau Certan de May raised an objection. From that point forward the wine was known as Chateau Certan Marzelle.
The name was not the only thing changed by Christian Moueix after he purchased Chateau Certan Marzelle. Moueix took the best plots and created one of the top estates in Pomerol today, Hosanna. The remaining portion of the vineyard is now used to produce Chateau Certan Marzelle. One of the first moves made by Christian Moueix after taking over the Right Bank estate was to improve the drainage and replant much of the vineyards. More replanting took place following the 2008 vintage which for a period of time, caused the production of Certan Marzelle to stop, until the vines were old enough to produce more wine.
The 2 hectare Certan Marzelle Right Bank vineyard is planted to 100% Merlot. The terroir is gravel over clay soils. The vineyard is located next to another Moueix property, La Providence, which is not La Fleur Petrus. Production is approximately 800 cases per year.
For the production of Certan Marzelle, two laser sorting tables have been in use since 2009. The winery uses thermoregulated concrete vats and since 2004 some stainless tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The press wine obtained from vertical basket presses is added or not during the élevage. Chateau Certan Marzelle is aged in 33% to 66% new French oak for about 18 months. The wine is racked 3-4 times per year and is fined using eggwhites in the second winter.
Certan Marzelle is no longer being produced. The vines have been added to Chateau Lagrange Pomerol which is another estate owned by the Moueix family.
Château Certan-Marzelle Wine Tasting Notes
2 Vintages 4616 Views Sort Vintage - Rating
08 Château Certan Marzelle displays jammy black fruit and chocolate aromas. Produced from the young vines at Hosanna, the wine had a soft, plush, ripe character. 89-92 Pts
Jul 30, 2009points - Tasted 2962 Views
Going, going and close to gone. Very little fruit remained. This wine is on its last legs. Drink up much sooner than later. Still, it was a pleasure to experience my first old bottle of this hard to find Pomerol wine.
Dec 6, 2011points - Tasted 1654 Views