Pierre Lurton is a true ‘Grand Homme’ in Bordeaux; he runs both Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau Yquem – not to mention several spin-offs around the globe. So it is heartening to hear that this star of the elite has found a haven in the far less glamorous ‘Entre de Mers’ region.
Since buying the property he updated the winery and replanted many of the plots; using his understanding of what can make the very best wines in this part of the world. Denser planting, clever canopy management and hand harvesting are all part of the regime here – these Grand Cru ideals are bringing real class to the wines he makes here.
The 2018 Marjosse is made up of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc with a splash of old Malbec. Big old barrels were used for 25% of the crop. Medium to deep garnet-purple in colour, it opens with a compelling nose of baking spices, raspberry pie, warm red and black currants, rosehip tea and fragrant earth with a waft of wild sage. Medium-bodied, the palate is filled with fragrant red and black fruit, framed by great freshness and soft, supple tannins, finishing on a floral note. [90-92+ Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown – April 2019, robertparker.com]