For the last ten years, many Bordeaux chateaux have backed off the oak treatment, but not Haut-Marbuzet. Vivid, even aggressive vanillin and toast wage an inner struggle with some black currants and black cherries in this flamboyant, overtly woody style of wine. It is medium-bodied, has good to very good concentration, but is certainly not one of the great classics from this well-known property in St.-Estephe. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
A bit old-school in feel, with a mix of roasted mesquite, tobacco and mulled spice notes followed by steeped blackberry and roasted plum fruit. Noticeably smoky on the finish, with a slightly burly edge. Best from 2013 through 2023. â€“JM