The 2009 Haut-Marbuzet offers vivacious crushed strawberry, cranberry and freshly tilled soil aromas. This Haut-Marbuzet is full of vim and vigor after a decade. The palate is very well balanced with sappy red berry fruit, veins of blueberry with well integrated oak that lends a smooth sheen towards the finish. This is a lovely 2009 that should offer another 15 to 20 years of pleasure. Excellent. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. 2021 - 2040
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Haut-Marbuzet ‘09 has a fragrant, lifted bouquet with blackberry, mulberry and crushed stone. It is slightly understated but very precise. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannins, clean fresh red berry fruit, but it is missing complexity on the stubborn, foursquare finish that is atypical for this usually more flamboyant cru.
Cassis tends to dominate with behind it black cherry and blackberry. The sweetness of the fruit enriches the palate, a powerful mix of black fruits refreshed a little by red cherry. The tannins are structured but as they are ripe they do not hide the fruit sweetness. Drink2020-2040.