Haut Marbuzet 2005
Tasting Notes and Scores
Proprietor Henri Duboscq made a delicious, sexy style of St.-Estèphe in 2005. Dark plum/ruby/purple, with notes of smoky oak, espresso, medium body and lots of fruit, it is a relatively lush, heady style of St.-Estèphe that is far more seductive and accessible than most wines of this appellation in 2005. Drink it over the next decade.
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #219, Jun 2015)
Tasted single blind at Southwold. I always thought this would turn out good when in bottle (honest, read my original note!) It has a ripe, more feminine, Merlot-driven nose with nice purity: red-berried rather than black fruit with less tertiary elements. Nice definition. The palate is medium-bodied, fine tannins, very well balanced, more approachable than other Saint Estephe 2005s with a graceful, elegant finish. Perhaps lacks a little depth and muscle, but the finish gains complexity with time, gaining more earthy elements from the air! Mercurial and engaging. Excellent. Drink 2010-2025. Tasted January 2009.
– eRobertParker.com, July 2009