2013 Château La Marzelle

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

“An attractive red wine with blackberry and coffee-bean character. Medium to full body with silky tannins.”
James Suckling

The origin

16 ha of adjoining land
Grape varieties
78% Merlot- 13% Cabernet franc- 9% Cabernet sauvignon
5 700 à 7 100 plants/ha
Âge moyen
28 years
20 000 bottles
Upper terrace of Saint-Emilion formbed by the former Isle riverbed
Bordelaise method (2 canes per vine)

A humbling year

2013 will be remembered for its very complicated climatic conditions. Spring was cold and rainy, as was the winter that followed. Bud burst was three weeks late. These three weeks could not be compensated for during the growing cycle. Flowering took place at the end of June and was disturbed by the rainy weather, which meant that only a few sparse berries were left on the vines. Poor fruit set in all its glory! Good weather in July and August put a smile back on our faces, except for the less fortunate who endured the devastating consequences of two hailstorms. September and October were warm and humid and made the perfect conditions for botrytis to set in! We had to hurry to get the grapes in. It seems that nature was reasserting itself and imposing its strength whilst we suffered the consequences. However, it is also true that those who work the hardest are rewarded in this kind of year.

It is the year of the winegrower and the winemaker.

Jean-Philippe Fort, Oenologist for Michel Rolland, joined us this year and supported us in this difficult vintage. Although 2013 was our smallest yield since 2003, the quality of this vintage at La Marzelle has already been noted in preliminary comparative tastings.


Yves Beck

“Kräftiges Bordeauxrot, schöner Glanz. Tiefe, konzentrierte Nase, einiges an Weihnachtsgewürzen, auch mineralische Noten, dazu gekochte Brombeeren, sehr gute Komplexität. Der Gaumen harmlos beginnend, dann zeigt der Wein rasch die Zähne, viel Kraft, einiges an Extraktion, hier wollte man etwas viel aus dem Jahr herausholen. Zwar sehr gute Struktur und schöne Saftigkeit, doch die Komponenten müssen sich erst noch finden. Im Abgang mit einer angenehmen Würze, hat Reserven, sollte noch etwas reifen. 2019-2028.”

Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2017

“Trois quarts de merlot pour 25% de cabernets dans ce 2013, dont la robe bordeaux foncé annonce d'emblée un vin de matière. Le nez confirme cette impression: profond, concentré, il allie des senteurs boisées aux nuance de cèdre et de réglisse à des notes florales et fruitées (framboise, agrumes). La bouche prend bien le relais, charnue, ample, persistante, étayée par une trame de tanins élégants. Un vin qui pourra s'apprécier aussi bien jeune que vieux. Garde: 2018-2026. Accords mets et vins: Gigot d'agneau.”

Michel Bettane

“Corps puissant en pleine prise de bois, tanin ferme, allongé, fruit rouge franc, sérieux.”

Jean-Marc Quarin

“Nez fruité. Bouche tendre, fruitée et un brin tannique. Longueur moyenne. 2016-2023. Note potentiel: 14,75. Note plaisir: 14,4.”

James Suckling

“An attractive red wine with blackberry and coffee-bean character. Medium to full body with silky tannins.”

James Suckling - in 2016

“A fine wine with velvety tannins, attractive fruit and a mineral undertone. Medium body, bright acidity and a salty finish. Delicious. Drink now.”

Peter Mosser

“Bordeaux en Primeur 2013 – Bordeaux für den Alltag “Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, schwarzer Kern, violette Reflexe, feines Nougat, zartes schwarzes Waldbeerkonfit, feine tabakige Würze. Saftig, schokoladiger Touch, feste Tannine, die gut integriert sind, gute Würze im Abgang, extraktsüßer Nachhall, hat Entwicklungspotenzial”.”

Weinverstand Extra

“Auffällige dunkle Farbe. Duftig mit blumigen Nuancen (Veilchen), dezente frischfruchtige (in Untertönen auch etwas hitzige) Kirsche. Ambitionierter Bau am Gaumen: dicht und zupackend, sehr trocken, Alkohol an der Grenze zur Alkoholbitternis. Passable mineralische und phenolische Balance zum weiten Körperrahmen, doch die Säure stützt nur knapp. Zuletzt trocknend, mit guter Aromabegleitung (Bitterschoko), die aber etwas schwach für die Stoffigkeit ist.”

Andreas Larsson & Markus Del Monego


The vintages of

2023 Château La Marzelle

A well-balanced vintage with silky, elegant tannins expressing the aromatic fruit supported by the necessary tension

2022 Château La Marzelle

2022, a warm, dry and great vintage, which confirms the climatic evolution

2021 Château La Marzelle

Notes of chocolate, ripe black berries and Sichuan pepper. Perfectly balanced, well supported by its structure and smooth tannins

2020 Château La Marzelle

Aromas of black fruit, cherries and fine spices. Elegant and velvety on the palate, with a pleasant density. The finish is long, fresh and expressive

2019 Château La Marzelle

A superb nose bursting with fresh black fruit, with a creamy, spicy base. Good, sappy, fragrant length

2018 Château La Marzelle

Lots of freshness with notes of ripe black fruit. Black cherry on the palate, with a high tannin content but a well-constructed, fresh whole

2017 Château La Marzelle

Very aromatic, with pure, ripe fruit. Immediately melting on the palate, very fruity, the wine develops on an airy yet present body

2016 Château La Marzelle

Freshness on the nose with a delicate coating of black fruit. Silky and velvety on the palate, this wine expresses itself with great delicacy

2015 Château La Marzelle

Beautiful density and delicious depth for a wine that has gained a great deal in elegance and texture in recent years and that confirms itself brilliantly in this vintage

2014 Château La Marzelle

Superb core of ripe fruit with berry and cherry character. Full-bodied, smooth and velvety

2012 Château La Marzelle

Supple, with elegant tannins and subtle freshness

2011 Château La Marzelle

Notes of red and black fruit intermingled with flowers, earth and barrel. Good acidity, freshness and a surprising texture

2010 Château La Marzelle

The freshness of this material is very well extracted, with great finesse. Long, racy finish

2009 Château La Marzelle

Aromas of ripe black fruit and minerals follow through to a full body, with soft, velvety tannins and a long finish

2008 Château La Marzelle

A fine change in the style of the vintage towards greater balance and freshness: very fine, deep volume, dark fruit, intense and long

2007 Château La Marzelle

Elegant nose with wild fruit and mineral notes. Generous palate and pleasant texture

2006 Château La Marzelle

Good body, generous texture, well-extracted tannin, a wine with a strong personality

2005 Château La Marzelle

Intense garnet-red, brilliant, very aromatic, generous, spicy. Elegant and harmonious

2004 Château La Marzelle

The nose is aromatic, woody and well balanced. On the palate, the work is precise, with a delicious structure that unfolds with charm

2003 Château La Marzelle

A great, full-bodied wine, intense in colour, with rich, powerful tannins, yet very elegant