Thanks to a tip I got from a guy in Bordeaux, we are able to lock into a gorgeous Bordeaux from the home estate of Pierre Lurton (Château Cheval Blanc and Château d’Yquem).
As Antonio Galloni noted, the Bordeaux legend has put a major emphasis on elevating his home estate, and judging by this delicious little number, I’d say he’s well on his way.
Amazingly, this underdog Bordeaux packs a huge punch, with an elegant mouthfeel, clean crunchy fruit and no hard edges. It’s a beauty – which is probably why the wine has managed to do something I’m not sure I’ve seen before.
Five major wine critics got their hands on ‘Pierre’s passion project’ that has started to get folks in Bordeaux talking. All five went wild. Five different scores of 91-points or higher. Five! We’re not talking about a Bordeaux First Growth either… or a 2nd.. Or a 3rd.
But as we’ve seen time and time again, if you know where to look, especially in Bordeaux and its satellite appellations, you can strike gold and lock into a steal of the vintage. This is undoubtedly the one in 2018.
Jeb Dunnuck came in at 91 and called the wine, “a juicy, lively medium bodied effort that has outstanding notes of black cherries, violets, and a touch of minerality” before he punctuated his review by speculating the the wine would end up being ‘outstanding.
Suckling came through with a 92-point review in which he called the wine “beautiful” “precise” and “silky.” Decanter, at 91 points called it “a strong return in 2018 with good concentration and savory notes. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, the most trusted critic in the world came in at 92+(!) an unheard of score for a wine that is released at just $18/btl. And Neil Martin, with his own 92-point review, raved, “a pure joy” before labeling it, “a must buy.”
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90-92+ Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
“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 color, it opens with a compelling nose of baking spices, raspberry pie, warm red and black currants, rose hip 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, Vinous
“The 2018 Marjosse offers lovely black currant and raspberry aromas, fresh and vibrant in the glass; plum jam and black olive notes emerge with time. The palate is underpinned by fine tannins, good substance and a crisp, cedar-tinged finish that is a pure joy. A must-buy from Pierre Lurton’s home estate.”
91-92 Points, James Suckling
Beautiful and precise fruit with blueberry and blackberry character. Medium to full body and firm, silky tannins.
91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
“The 2018 Château Marjosse is a juicy, lively, medium-bodied effort that has outstanding notes of ripe black cherries, violets, and a touch of minerality. It has good acidity, terrific balance, and should end up being an outstanding wine.”
91 Points, Decanter
“There was no 2017 produced at this estate because of frost, but it makes a strong return in 2018. It has good concentration and some savoury notes to the cassis, liquorice and black pepper spice. Drinking Window 2021 – 2032”
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