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Chateau Haut Marbuzet History, Overview
Chateau 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 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.
The interesting Duboscq family owns Chateau Haut Marbuzet today. Herve Duboscq may have been illiterate until he was at least nine years old. But he was shrewd.
He built the vineyards of Chateau Haut Marbuzet from 7 hectares up to 58 hectares over time! In 1962 Herve Duboscq was joined by his son Henri Duboscq, who now manages Haut Marbuzet today with his two sons. It was said that the elder Herve Duboscq at times described Bordeaux wines by comparing them to different female body parts. He was quite the character!
Chateau Haut Marbuzet Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 65 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Haut Marbuzet is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. This shows a marked increase of Cabernet Sauvignon planted, along with a decrease in the amount of Merlot in the vineyards.
The terroir is gravel, clay, and limestone soils. Parts of the vineyard are of very good quality with views of the Gironde, not that far from Chateau Montrose. On average, the vines are close to 30 years of age. The vineyard of Chateau Haut Marbuzet is planted to a vine density of 9,000 vines per hectare.
To produce the wine of Chateau Haut Marbuzet, vinification takes place in large oak vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is then aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for close to 18 months before bottling. On average, the estate produces about 30,000 cases of Haut Marbuzet per year.
There is a second wine, MacCarthy, which takes its name from a previous owner of the estate. The Duboscq family also owns two other Bordeaux estates in the Saint Estephe, appellation, Chateau Chambert Marbuzet and Tour de Marbuzet.
Chateau Haut Marbuzet Wine Style and Character
From 1982 to 1990, Chateau Haut Marbuzet was on top of their game as they produced outstanding Saint Estephe wine. The wines which showed well young were opulent, lush, oaky, and filled with soft, ripe fruit.
The Best Vintages of Chateau Haut Marbuzet are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005 and 2003.
While still well priced, the quality seems to have slipped since the 1990 vintage. The wine can be oaky when young, so this is not a wine for the oak averse.
When to Drink Chateau Haut Marbuzet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Haut Marbuzet can be enjoyed early. However, the wine is often better with at least a few years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Haut Marbuzet is usually best in the first 10-20 years after the vintage.
Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. 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 Haut Marbuzet with Wine and Food Pairing Tips
Chateau Haut Marbuzet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Haut Marbuzet is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Haut Marbuzet is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Château Haut-Marbuzet Wine Tasting Notes
19 Vintages 81,812 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
Dark in color, the wine offers notes of coffee bean, cherries, smoke, spice and peppery herbs. Medium/full-bodied, with a strong oak presence that accompanies the round textures and all the herbs, spices and fruits. The wine ends with a savory character on top of the espresso tinged finish. The oak is still quite present, so give it time to come around. If it integrates, this will be a better wine. 91-93 Pts
1,086 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
With a nice dark color, the wine is lush, round and generous. The espresso bean, dark red berry and earthy character shows well here. The oak is still quite present, so give it time to come around and if it integrates, this will be a better wine. 91-93 Pts
3,587 Views Tasted Jun 16, 2020
|2018||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
Flowers, espresso, smoke, tobacco leaf, barbecue and black cherries create the aromatic qualities. The wine is rich, round, supple and fruity, with hints of vanilla overtones that ride along perfectly with all the ripe, red berries. This is the best vintage of Haut Marbuzet I have tasted in years. 92 Points
1,035 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Dark in color, the wine shows espresso, smoke, earth, thyme, smoke and black cherry with leafy aromatic qualities. This is a super vintage for Haut Marbuzet. The wine is medium bodied with round, juicy, sweet, deep red fruits and a forward style. 91-93 Pts
2,994 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
Espresso, earth, tobacco haze and blackberries on the nose, this is medium bodied, bright, fresh and soft. You may enjoy this wine early, as the tannins and fruits are extremely tender. 89 Points
2,588 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
Smoky, espresso, red plum, cedar and tobacco notes on the nose are paired with the round, forward, sweet, and toasted palate. Early drinking with an open character, this should evolve for 15-20 years with ease. 91 Points
2,972 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Round, plush textures, dark, juicy, fat plums, blackberries and happy tannins climax in a smoky, oaky, tasty finish. Best wine here in years! 91 Points
3,380 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
It's oaky, but there is ample dark, red earthy berries that work with it. Smoky with a strong espresso note, the wine is round, lush, forward and tasty, with a blackberry and bitter cocoa note in the finish. The wine is better in bottle than it showed in barrel, which is always a good sign. 90 Points
3,588 Views Tasted Sep 29, 2019
Espresso, earth, blackberry and coconut aromatics move you to a round, forward, easy-to-taste, dark, red fruit-focused wine with an oaky presence. 88 - 90 Pts
4,392 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2016
|2014||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
A pleasing depth of color, a nose of espresso, earth, blackberry and a sniff of the old cigar box, this wine finishes with a blast of plush, full basket of blackberries and cocoa. 89-91 Pts
5,313 Views Tasted Apr 13, 2015
|2013||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
Forward, medium bodied, and a bit too much on the bright red, berry side, with an oaky edge to the overly fresh, red fruits. 85 Points
2,489 Views Tasted Feb 6, 2018
|2012||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
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
5,022 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2013
|2011||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
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
4,249 Views Tasted Apr 8, 2012
|2010||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
Haut Maubuzet - Medium boded, cassis filled, correctly made, beefy wine that should drink well shortly after release. 87-89 Pts
7,765 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2011
|2009||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
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
5,489 Views Tasted May 3, 2012
|2008||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
Already fun to drink, the wine offers blackberries, earth, smoke and coffee bean aromas, soft tannins with a slightly, oaky finish. 88 Points
4,234 Views Tasted Jul 17, 2013
|2006||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
Oaky, round, lush and ready to drink, with its medium/full bodied, licorice, smoke, espresso, blackberry, plum and tobacco filled charm. 89 Points
3,760 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
|2005||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
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
5,276 Views Tasted May 15, 2012
|2003||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
Lush, round and soft in texture, medium bodied and ready to go, the dark red, earthy fruits are silky and seductive. The wine still shows a bit of oak, but the wealth of fruit and opulent textures more than grabs your interest. 90 Points
3,320 Views Tasted Aug 23, 2015
|2000||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
I was surprised by how hard and firm this bottle showed. The wine is much better on the nose than the palate. Usually, the wine is round, voluptuous and fun, but not in this vintage. Did they miss the boat in 2000? Such is life... 86 Points
2,973 Views Tasted Oct 8, 2016
|1990||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
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
3,181 Views Tasted Oct 24, 2011
|1982||Château Haut-Marbuzet (St. Estèphe)|
Not quite the voluptuous beauty I remember this tasting like several years ago. But there is still a lot to like here. The earthy, tobacco, cassis, thyme and cherry pipe nose hits the spot. Soft, round and requiring no decanting time, this is slightly more than fully mature. So if you are sitting on any remaining bottles, drink up. 89 Points
3,119 Views Tasted Oct 8, 2016