Château Marsau, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux 2021
Red wine

Château Marsau, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux 2021

An organic wine from 100% Merlot should not do well in 2021, and yet this has an enticing ruby colour with violet reflections; delicate and nuanced without being austere or diluted. A clear success, with raspberry and blackberry fruit, and a mouthwatering finish. Unlike most of the Francs appellation, the 12ha Marsau vineyard is made up of clay-gravel soils rather than limestone, giving a more powerful flavour profile, and after losing 80% of the crop to frost in 2018 they rethought their growing method, now going for no-till with cover crops all year. This helps keep soil temperatures manageable in the hot years, and increased competition this year, allowing water stress to develop by the end of August – a few weeks later than normal, but still helping to concentrate flavours. Vinified with no added sulphur, natural yeasts, 3.6ph.

Score

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Alcohol

13%

Bottle size

750ml

Origin

Country

France

Region

Bordeaux

Sub-region

St Emilion & Pomerol

Area

Bordeaux Côtes de Francs AOP

Tasting Information

Tasted by

Jane Anson