Marsau Cotes de Francs 2016 | 94 Point Bordeaux for $20!
Using 100% Merlot from the Cotes de Francs appellation. Marsau Cotes de Francs 2016 shows good color, offering black raspberry, flowers, and fennel. The wine is medium bodied, forward and soft, with a lush, round, dark red fruit and minerality based finish. The best wine yet from Chateau Marsau, this should age nicely.
JS93-94 | Marsau Cotes de Francs 2016 is 100% Merlot. Chateau Marsau was once referred to as The Petrus of the Côtes de Francs” by Robert Parker. Suckling lost his cool for the 2016, saying “This is a rich and dense Marsau and probably the best ever. Full body and a wonderful depth of fruit and chocolate. Love the texture and intensity.” $20? Fuggeddaboutit. This should make even a Napa wine lover’s pulse quicken.
Chateau Marsau is owned by the Chardonnier family, who are also the principals in the large negociant house CVGB. Through CVGB and Dourthe, they own numerous vineyards in various Bordeaux appellations in the Left Bank and in the Right Bank, as well as in Pessac Leognan. They purchased Chateau Marsau in 1994.
The 12-hectare vineyard of Chateau Marsau is planted to 100% Merlot. While the terroir is clay, with limestone and sandy soils. Yet, the vineyard is well situated in the appellation on a slope that is close to the peak of the plateau in the Cotes de Francs appellation, located just a bit northeast of the Francs village. The vines are close to 30 years of age.
Pairing and Serving
Chateau Marsau Cotes de Francs 2016 is better with at least 2-3 years of aging in good vintages as is 2016. While young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour, helping the wine soften to help develop the aromatic character. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Marsau offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 2-8 years of age after the vintage.
So, Chateau Marsau is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Marsau is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
|WBOTD||Just the Good Stuff|
|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||This is a rich and dense Marsau and probably the best ever. Full body and a wonderful depth of fruit and chocolate.|
|Why now?||What a find! | Great case buy|
|WBOTD Cellaring Worthiness Rating|
|Expert Ratings||James Suckling 93-94 | WS93|
|What is it?||Cotes de Bordeaux Red Wine|
|What’s in it?||100% Merlot|
|When to drink?||Now-2026+|
|Pair with:||Pairs w/Red Meat, Poultry, Asian, Cheese|
|Drink with:||Red Bordeaux & Merlot Lovers|
|Occasion||Weeday Dinners | Great for get-togethers with mixed in wine aficionados|
|If you want to drink now...||Decant 30 minutes|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||4+ | Really a case buy|