Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac St. Emilion, Complete Guide

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Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac History, Overview

Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac, as the name suggests, was once part of the massive Figeac estate. The vineyard was created in 1873 with the purchase of a 2.5-hectare parcel of vines from Chateau Figeac. Originally the property was known as Chateau Rebeyrolle, taking its name from the owner, Marie Berthe Rebeyrolle.

The original chateau, which is now a hotel was built in 1903. Prior to 1956, what we know of as Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac was a part of the vineyard that now goes into producing Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac and Chateau La Marzelle.

In 1972, a portion of the estate was turned into one of the top hotels in the Right Bank, Hotel Grand Barrail. Located not far from the St. Emilion village, Grand Barrail, (which was originally created as the chateau in 1903) became a hotel and restaurant in 1993.

For visitors seeking a stay in the vineyards that is close to all the famous Bordeaux wine properties in the Right Bank, and not far from the village of Saint Emilion, this is a good choice.

In 2004, Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac was sold to Louis Parent. After purchasing the underperforming estate, an agreement was reached with Louis Parent to have the large company Dourthe, who counts among its holdings several properties in the Medoc and Pessac Leognan, as well as the massive negociant company, CVGB to lease the vineyards, produce and market the wine of Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac.

Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 15-hectare vineyard of Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is sand, gravel, and blue clay soil.

The vineyard is situated next to the vineyard is the popular, luxury hotel Grand Barrail. You see it no your right, as you drive to the village of Saint Emilion.

Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac enjoyed a complete renovation in 2006. That modernization helped improve the quality of wine being made here. The wine is vinified in a combination of stainless steel and wooden vats. The wine is aged in 30% new, French oak barrels for 14 months.

Aside Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac, Dourthe owns several other Bordeaux vineyards including: Chateau Belgrave Haut Medoc, Chateau Le Boscq St. Estephe, Chateau La Garde Pessac Leognan, Chateau Rahoul Graves, Chateau Reysson Haut-Medoc, and in the Right Bank, Chateau Grand-Barrail-Lamarzelle St. Emilion, and Chateau Pey-La-Tour Bordeaux Superieur.

The best vintages of Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2010.

On average, the annual production is 7,500 cases of wine per year.

When to Drink Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac is better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.

The wine is best enjoyed in the first 4-12 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

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Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac Wine Tasting Notes

9 Vintages 27,733 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2022
90
Forward, soft, polished, medium-bodied, supple, early-drinking, fruity wine that finishes with layers of plums and licorice. This will be just fine on release. Drink from 2025-2037. 89-91 Pts.

Forward, soft, polished, medium-bodied, supple, early-drinking, fruity wine that finishes with layers of plums and licorice. This will be just fine on release. Drink from 2025-2037. 89-91 Pts.

1,657 Views   Tasted
2020
90
Medium-bodied, forward, accessible, fresh and vibrant, the spicy red fruits at the core of this wine have lift and energy in the nose and in the palate, which finishes with chalky tannins and chocolate accents. This is the best vintage of Grand-Barrail-Lamarzelle I have ever tasted. Things are on the upswing here. Drink from 2023-2032.

Medium-bodied, forward, accessible, fresh and vibrant, the spicy red fruits at the core of this wine have lift and energy in the nose and in the palate, which finishes with chalky tannins and chocolate accents. This is the best vintage of Grand-Barrail-Lamarzelle I have ever tasted. Things are on the upswing here. Drink from 2023-2032.

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With a roasted, dark, red plum character, the wine is medium-bodied, forward, accessible, soft and silky. The finish, with its hints of cocoa, licorice and dusty tannins is a perfect backdrop for all the ripe, sweet fruit. This is the best vintage of Grand-Barrail-Lamarzelle I have ever tasted. Things are on the upswing here. 90-92 Pts

With a roasted, dark, red plum character, the wine is medium-bodied, forward, accessible, soft and silky. The finish, with its hints of cocoa, licorice and dusty tannins is a perfect backdrop for all the ripe, sweet fruit. This is the best vintage of Grand-Barrail-Lamarzelle I have ever tasted. Things are on the upswing here. 90-92 Pts

1,625 Views   Tasted
2019
88
Medium-bodied, soft, supple, forward and fruity, with a polished, plum and dark cherry finish. This will be just fine on release.

Medium-bodied, soft, supple, forward and fruity, with a polished, plum and dark cherry finish. This will be just fine on release.

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Medium-bodied, juicy and with an herbal accent to the bright, red plums and olive nuances, you can drink this with ease shortly after release. 86-88 Pts

Medium-bodied, juicy and with an herbal accent to the bright, red plums and olive nuances, you can drink this with ease shortly after release. 86-88 Pts

3,178 Views   Tasted
2018
88
Black cherries, figs and flowers come through perfectly in this medium-bodied, forward, fresh, juicy, earthy wine. Give it a few years to soften and develop more complexity and it should be even better.

Black cherries, figs and flowers come through perfectly in this medium-bodied, forward, fresh, juicy, earthy wine. Give it a few years to soften and develop more complexity and it should be even better.

1,214 Views   Tasted
Forward in style, the wine is fresh, easy to drink and delivers its cherry-filled charm with ease. 86-88 Pts

Forward in style, the wine is fresh, easy to drink and delivers its cherry-filled charm with ease. 86-88 Pts

2,175 Views   Tasted
2016
86
Medium bodied, forward, early drinker with hints of tobacco along with the sweet, ripe, red fruits. This is already ready for drinking.

Medium bodied, forward, early drinker with hints of tobacco along with the sweet, ripe, red fruits. This is already ready for drinking.

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Medium bodied, forward, early drinker without faults in a user friendly, crowd-pleasing style.

Medium bodied, forward, early drinker without faults in a user friendly, crowd-pleasing style.

2,584 Views   Tasted
2015
87
Medium-bodied with a core of fresh, ripe red plums, thyme and cherry notes, this wine is soft, forward and ends with ready, sweet, red berries.

Medium-bodied with a core of fresh, ripe red plums, thyme and cherry notes, this wine is soft, forward and ends with ready, sweet, red berries.

1,987 Views   Tasted
2014
86
An earthen, oaky, medium-bodied wine, which is light in fruit and better in nose than on the palate. 85-87 Pts

An earthen, oaky, medium-bodied wine, which is light in fruit and better in nose than on the palate. 85-87 Pts

2,705 Views   Tasted
2012
85
Light, simple, easy to like, early drinking, bright, soft, Right Bank wine.

Light, simple, easy to like, early drinking, bright, soft, Right Bank wine.

2,872 Views   Tasted
2011
84
From 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, this medium-bodied, lighter-styled St. Emilon is filled with fresh, bright red berries. 84-86 Pts

From 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, this medium-bodied, lighter-styled St. Emilon is filled with fresh, bright red berries. 84-86 Pts

3,042 Views   Tasted