Francs Côtes de Bordeaux 2016
A firm favourite of ours which typifies what quality and value can be found when combining the right location with the right talent. Robert Parker once described Marsau as "The Petrus of the Côtes de Francs", praise indeed, though context is important. This is a wine of under £20 a bottle, it's from one of the greatest vintages Bordeaux's seen. A super wine, with years still ahead of it, powerful, structured, but full of fuicy, ripe dark fruit. It's lovely now, but will keep for 5 years plus.
|Drink from: 2023
|Drink to: 2028
|Stock arriving: In Stock
Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2017
"The 2016 Marsau, which is pure Merlot picked 7-15 October, undergoes a soft extraction and now tends to be blended earlier during the élevage. It has a lovely nose of brambly black fruit, lively and well defined with a pastille-like purity, a second bottle showing a touch of camphor. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, tightly wound blackberry and raspberry fruit with a light, slightly linear finish. I probably like the 2015 better last year but it is still a well made Francs Côtes de Bordeaux that belongs to the Chadronnier family, owners of Bordeaux merchant CVBG."
Neal Martin, April 2017
"The 2016 Marsau packs a serious punch. Firm and muscular in its first impression, the 2016 offers notable intensity in its dark fruit. There is an element of austerity in the tannin that needs to soften. Otherwise, this is a solid showing."
Antonio Galloni, April 2017
"Proper, right-bank, characterful wine that still has quite a bit of tannin and acidity. Not expensive but not yet ready. A sincere country wine with lots still to give. Quite impressively long even at this stage… GV"
Jancis Robinson, June 2022, JancisRobinson.com