Chateau Haut Marbuzet is one of those special places where they consistently defy a relatively meagre classification to produce truly outstanding wines. Though ranked only as Cru Bourgeois, this is an outlandish, voluptuous wine which many of the neighbouring Grand-Crus would be more than proud of. Located just 2km to the north of Cos d’Estournel, the chateau sits in the tiny village of Marbuzet, in St-Estephe. The vineyards of this 40-hectare estate are planted in the fantastic, gravelly soils which lie facing the Gironde estuary. Owner Henri Dubosq favours a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The high proportion of Merlot brings out the rounded, supple feel of the wine without affecting the ageing potential. The richness is achieved by harvesting as late as possible and using 100% new oak barriques to mature the wine for 18 months. This wine ages beautifully, but can also be drunk in its youth, when up-front, concentrated fruit and lovely chocolate aromas make it an absolute delight.