Chateau Haut Marbuzet St. Estephe Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Haut Marbuzet Chateau Haut Marbuzet St. Estephe Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Haut Marbuzet St. Estephe Bordeaux wine producer, with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other Bordeaux wine producers: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

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 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.

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 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!

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Chateau Haut Marbuzet Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 65 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Haut Marbuzet is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% 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. 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. 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. 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

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  1. 2016 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

    1. 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 - Tasted
  2. 2015 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

    1. 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

      88 points - Tasted
  3. 2014 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

    1. 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

      90 points - Tasted
  4. 2012 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

    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
  5. 2011 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

    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
  6. 2010 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

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

      88 points - Tasted
  7. 2009 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

    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
  8. 2008 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

    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
  9. 2006 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

    1. Oaky, round, lush and ready to drink, with its medium/full bodied, licorice, smoke, espresso, blackberry, plum and tobacco filled charm.

      89 points - Tasted
  10. 2005 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

    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
  11. 2003 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

    1. 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 - Tasted
  12. 2000 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

    1. 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 - Tasted
  13. 1990 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

    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
  14. 1982 Château Haut-Marbuzet ( St. Estèphe)

    1. 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 - Tasted