Magnificently exposed facing the Gironde, Château Haut-Marbuzet, as its name implies, is situated in Marbuzet, a hillside of long-standing renown for the quality of the wine it produces. Its vineyard is planted on a marvellous crest of Günz gravel over a clayey-limestone subsoil amply run through with veins of iron found in its reduced form. Aged in oak barrels renewed each vintage, château Haut-Marbuzet draws from these casks a perfumed unctuousness which attenuates the traditional virility of the wines of Saint-Estèphe. They are therefore charming as soon as they have been bottled, but given time to age, achieve the subtlety bestowed by the essence of the terroir.
Dark plum/ruby/purple, with notes of smoky oak, espresso, medium body and lots of fruit, it is a relatively lush, heady style of Saint Estèphe that is far more seductive and accessible than most wines of this appellation in 2005.
Ideal with classic robust beef, game and lamb roasts or stews right through to cheeses like camembert, brie and roquefort.