Château Haut-Marbuzet is one of the most renowned crus of the Saint-Estèphe appellation. Vintage after vintage, the wines of the estate are among the best value for money in the Medoc. It is located on the left bank of the Gironde, in the commune of Saint-Estèphe. An independent and family property, the Duboscq family, from father to son, has raised Haut Marbuzet to the rank of the best cru of the Saint-Estèphe appellation. Nestled between Château Montrose and Château Cos d'Estournel, Haut-Marbuzet benefits from an exceptional terroir with the particularity of having blue clay in its soil, which gives its wines a unique and inimitable character, making the château particularly singular. Formerly Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Marbuzet was reclassified Cru Exceptionnel in the official classification of 2003, due to the quality of its wines.
the technical sheet of château haut-marbuzet
OWNER : Henri Duboscq
APPELLATION : Saint-Estèphe
AREA OF VINEYARDS: 70 ha
SOILS : Günzian gravels with clay and limestone subsoil
SOIL MAINTENANCE: Integrated Pest Management
AVERAGE AGE OF THE VINES: 35 years old
DENSITY OF PLANTATION : From 8000 to 9000 vines per ha
Founded in 1770, Haut-Marbuzet is one of the oldest estates in Saint-Estèphe. Inherited by Petronille and Rose Fatin, the vines were later negotiated in 1825 for the Mac Carthy family, descendants of Irish Jacobite emigrants.
Following a conflict of succession, the estate had to be divided up, and 7 hectares went to the Poissonnier family who named it Haut-Marbuzet.
It was only in 1952 that the estate really began to exist. Hervé Duboscq, a wine merchant, acquired these plots of land as a life annuity. By successive purchase of the former properties of the domain, he reconstituted a vineyard which now reaches approximately 70 hectares.
In 1962, his son Henri joined him and gradually took over the responsibility of the property. Thanks to his daring choices in viticulture and winemaking, he produced a wine with a personalized and voluptuous style based on a vinification that favored the smoothness of the tannins. Moreover, he was the first to use new oak barrels from France. All this will allow the fame and the quality of Haut Marbuzet considered as close to the most Classified Growths of the appellation.
CHÂTEAU HAUT-MARBUZET, THE property
Located between Château Cos d'Estournel and Château Montrose, Haut Marbuzet has between 8,000 and 9,000 vines located on parcels covering 70 hectares in the Saint-Estèphe appellation.
The Marbuzet plateau is made up of a croup of Günzian gravel with a clay-limestone subsoil, benefiting from an excellent exposure overlooking the Gironde.
CHÂTEAU HAUT-MARBUZET, FROM THE VINEYARDS to the bottle
Benefiting from an oceanic climate and a practice of reasoned viticulture, the wine making is done in a traditional way using indigenous yeasts as well as an ageing in oak barrels 100% new. This will give the wine a smooth and mellow character.
Haut-Marbuzet is also considered charming in its youth, developing spicy and red fruit notes.
Opulent, deep, with generous fruit, the seductive character of Haut Marbuzet is the pride of its owner. In addition to its grand vin, the estate also produces two second wines: Château Tour de Marbuzet and Château Mc Carthy.