2016 Château La Marzelle

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

“Remarquable, un petit chef-d’œuvre issu de raisins bios, étonnant velouté de texture, grande longueur.”
Bettane & Desseauve

The origin

16.28 ha of adjoining land
Grape varieties
80% Merlot - 13% Cabernet franc - 7% Cabernet sauvignon
5 700 à 7 150 plants/ha
Âge moyen
30 years
55 000 bottles
Upper terrace of Saint-Emilion formbed by the former Isle riverbed
Bordelaise method (2 canes per vine)

2016 : an exceptional vintage

A late millésime favored by an exceptional summer and late season

A year marked by contrasting climatic sequences.The winter is mild and rainy with cumulative rainfall above normal, favoring an early bud break. But this advance is subsequently erased by the persistence of cool temperatures in April, May and June, lower than the average thirty years. The summer, from July to September is warm, very sunny and dry, which is very rare in our region.

Our second year in Biodynamics allows the vine to pass remarkably this water stress appeared as of July. The maturation of the grapes takes place slowly. Under the effect of two stormy episodes in mid-September the maturity is accelerating.

The harvest begins on 29 September and ends on 14 October 2016. They last eight days but are spread over three weeks in search of the optimal phenolic maturity of each plot.
Our high-tech harvest reception allows us to consider, in addition to a parcel selection,
a grain-by-grain selection. To vinify this advanced sorting we use 48 barrels of 500 liters in full vinification as well as our stainless steel tank perfectly regulated.

The first wine is aged in new French oak barrels but also, for the preservation of the fruit, in six 500-liter jars.


Bettane & Desseauve

“Remarquable, un petit chef-d’œuvre issu de raisins bios, étonnant velouté de texture, grande longueur.”

James Suckling

“A tangy and fruity wine yet always in reserve. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely energy here. Not the sensational 2015 but outstanding. From biodynamic grapes.”

Jean-Marc Quarin

“MARZELLE (LA) Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 16,75 // 93 Le meilleur jamais fait ! Voici le second millésime en biodynamie. Que cela fait du bien à ce cru ! Le voici beaucoup plus précis qu’il ne le fut. Couleur sombre, intense, pourpre et noire. Nez fin, fruité, mûr et frais. Moelleux à l’attaque, fondant au développement, élancé, le vin se déroule sur un charme inédit vers une longue finale sèveuse et parfumée. Texture finement pulpeuse. C’est très, très bon !”


“From a vineyard next to Figeac, on the upper plateau (towards Pomerol) of Saint-Emilion, the 2016 Château La Marzelle reveals a saturated purple color as well as a smoking good bouquet of cassis, graphite, gravelly minerality and background oak. Rich, full-bodied, and powerful on the palate, this is a brilliant wine. The blend is 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc all brought up in new oak. lt's worth nothing that this terroir had a poor reputation in the past but has been completely renovated by Jean-Luc Thunevin. Showing brilliantly on the two occasions I was able to taste it, readers should put this estate on the radar.”

Adrian Van Velsen

“Expressive Nase, sehr markante Brombeerfrucht, erinnert mich an einen satten Carignan, wirkt einladend, opulent, sehr gute Komplexitat. Straffer Auftakt, sehr saftige Frucht, wieder deutlich Brombeeren, lebendig, würzig, dicht aber nicht schwer, sehr gute Struktur, reifes Tannin, lebendig, verspielt. lm Abgang von guter Lange, bleibt ungemein fruchtbetont und frisch. Ein Saint-Emilion mit Rasse und Klasse. 2022-2037”

Gault & Millau

“Très beau nez de fruits noirs, de fraicheur, frais. Soyeux, velouté, superbe toucher de bouche dans la délicatesse pour une grosse densité en bouche, du fond.”

Chris Kissack

“An estate on the road out towards Pomerol, and in the hands of Jacqueline Sioen, run with the advice of Jean-Luc Thunevin. There are 17 hectares of rather sandy soils, planted with 80% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. I was aware that the vineyards are run on sustainable lines, but it appears they are biodynamic. The fruit was sorted using densitometry, fermented in stainless steel, followed by an élevage 94% in new oak and 6% in amphorae. It has a nose of plush black cherry, rich, generous and quite charming. This is mirrored by the palate which gives back these black-cherry aromatics along with nuances of black bean, damson, currant and violets. This is balanced, with a correct texture, the fruit nicely set against the dark tannic backbone and the bright acid structure. A polished, grippy finish, although the fruit seems in harmony with the structure here. This is one of the better vintages of La Marzelle I can recall tasting. 16.5-17.5/20 • 93-95/100”

Jancis Robinson

“Dark crimson. Headily, meatily scented. Very luscious and sweet. Tastes almost more like a Pomerol! Lots of fun. Uncannily evolved. Drink 2020-2034”

Jane Anson

“Deeply-scented on the nose, this has well-placed fruit and the impact of a confident St-Emilion, but holds itself back. Attractive, luscious and juicy, this is a success in 2016. A blend this year of 80% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged mainly in new oak but with a portion aged in 500 litre amphorae. Second year of biodynamics at this 17ha property. 93 points Drinking window 2025-2045”

Wine Enthusiast

“92–94. Barrel Sample. Dusty tannins are allied to ripe black fruits and plenty of crisp acidity in this wine. It has power and structure while showcasing plenty of fruit and spice at the fore.”

Yves Beck

“Pourpre violacé. Bouquet filigrane révélant des notes fruitées et épicées. Notes de groseilles, mûres et, après un peu d’aération, de fèves de cacao. Attaque friande et fruitée. Le vin est crémeux, équilibré et doté de tannins qui se révèlent lentement en fin de bouche. Ils sont granuleux et compacts. Légères notes amères sur la finale, ce qui n’est pas vraiment un souci au vu de la matière présente. Le fruit saura gagner en intensité, tant au nez qu’en bouche. Un vin prometteur, à suivre attentivement. 2020–2036 92–93/100”

Antonio Galloni

“The 2016 La Marzelle is a dense, full-throttle Saint Émilion. Dark cherry, plum, chocolate, cloves and new leather are pushed forward in a rich, sumptuous Saint Émilion. The 2016 is a gorgeous wine, but it lacks the thrill factor of the very best years. Today, La Marzelle comes across as a bit heavy and one dimensional. Ripe red cherry, plum and pomegranate infuse the creamy, unctuous finish. Tasted three times.”

Tim Atkin

“Château La Marzelle, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé 91 (14%; 74Me, 17CF, 9CS) Tasted twice and enjoyed on both occasions, this is a firm, structured St Emilion that really shows the high percentage of Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon in the blend. Rich, oaky and compact with a backbone of cassis and damson fruit and a green undertone. 2025-32”

Jeff Leve

“Flowers and black raspberry scents are no effort to find, the wine is lush, polished, sweet, ripe and loaded with dark juicy plums, licorice and chocolate. 91-93 pts”

Rebecca Gibb

90 TOP 100 Bordeaux
“Opulent, full and round. Violets, blackberries, pure unadulterated fruit. Fine with deliciously textured mouthcoating yet chalky tannins. High level of fruit intensity yet in a compact whole. 90pts”

Yohan Castaing

“De la fraicheur au nez dans un délicat enveloppement de fruits noirs. Soyeux et velouté en bouche, ce vin s'exprime tout en délicatesse.”

Jacques Perrin

“Parmi ses "Quelques révélations du millésime"”

Thomas Boxberger

“91-93 | LA MARZELLE | ST.-EMILION | Dunkle Farbe, viskos. Dichte, süße Nase mit guter Tiefe und reichhaltiger Fülle vom Hefekontakt. Cremig und dicht im Mund, sehr körperreich, mit gutem Tiefgang und sattem Mittelstück. Dicht, schmelzig und mit rassigen Gerbstoffen ausgestattet, zeigt sich der La Marzelle weit und lang strukturiert, mit gutem Kernaroma und viel Süße.”



Mathieu Doumenge

“Tous les efforts consentis depuis plusieurs années sur cette propriété (dont un passage en biodynamie et une étude approfondie des sols) se retrouvent dans le verre. Beaucoup de jus, de tension, de vibration dans ce vin à la fois fin et ample, minéral, élancé, gracieux. Un pur délice à ne pas rater.”

Ronald De Groot

“chocola en pruimen, warm machtig en extractief, veel tannine, intens”

Burtschy Bernard

“La robe est sombre avec des arômes de café et de chocolat noir. De prime abord, le vin est souple et charmeur avec une jolie matière suave, l’ensemble est d’une belle longueur avec une belle finale fraîche. Une vraie réussite. Redégusté un mois plus tard, le vin a encore gagné en élégance et confirme sa belle réussite. 3-8 ans.”

Falstaff - Peter Moser & Ulrich Sautter

“Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, fester Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung, feine Herzkirschenanklänge, Orangenzesten, dezente Kräuterwürze. Stoffig, lebendig, frische Kirschenfrucht, feine Tannine, gutes Säurespiel, hat Charme, sehr vielversprechendes Potenzial.”

Christer BYKLUM

“Ruby. Dark fruity nose, spices, blueberries and coffee, touch of minerals beneath. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, anise and spices, detailed, nuanced, minerals and liquorice, a far better sample than the one during primeur.”

Vert de Vin


Revue du Vin de France

“Voluptueux, capiteux mais tout en finesse de -toucher, ce millésime constitue le point culminant du style si reconnaissable de La Marzelle. Derrière l'expressivité des fruits noirs, la floralité, la séduction, il y a une solidité structurelle qui devrait garantir une longue et sereine évo­lution.”


“Voluptueux, capiteux mais tout en finesse de toucher, ce millésime 2016 constitue le point culminant du style si reconnaissable de La Marzelle. Derrière l'expressivité des fruits noirs, la floralité et la séduction, il existe une solidité structurelle qui devrait garantir une longue et sereine évolution à ce saint-émilion.”


“The 2016 la Marzelle is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc aged in 100% one-year-old oak and amphorae for 16 months. Deep garnet-purple colored, it features cassis, crushed blackberries and black cherries with hints of cedar, cassis and pencil lead. The medium to full-bodied palate is firm and grainy with a good mid-palate core of black fruit, finishing savory. 5,000 cases produced.”

Yves Beck - 2

“Depuis 2015 c'est la biodynamie qui régit la culture de La Marzelle. La robe de La Marzelle 2016 est pourpre et révèle quelques reflets violets Le bouquet est intensément fruité et rafraîchissant J'y relève des notes de mûres, de cassis et de craie. En bouche, l'attaque est friande et juteuse. J'y retrouve églement une belle intensité aromatique et une structure juteuse qui soutient le fruit idéalement Les tannins sont bien intégrés et assurent les arrières. Un vin de caractère, invitant et rafraîchissant. Il sera intéressant de le suivre dans son évolution. 2022-2036”

Antonio Galloni

“The 2016 La Marzelle is fabulous. Rich, sumptuous and flamboyant, the 2016 exudes depth in every dimension. Raspberry jam, espresso, mocha and new leather all meld together in a full-bodied wine that is full of character and personality. Soft contours and generous fruit abound in an exotically ripe yet also vibrant Saint-Émilion that is a thrill a minute. In case you are wondering, I loved it. Tasted three times.”

Neal Martin -2

“The 2016 La Marzelle came across rather heavy-handed out of barrel. It has a showy, ripe bouquet of macerated small black cherries, black olive compote and some glycerin. There is real intensy here. The palate is medium-bodied and quite toasty in style, with supple tannin lending gentle-grip. I appreciate the smooth texture and the spiciness that manifests on the finisch. This has potential, even if is not my preferred style.”

Bettane & Desseauve- Le Grand Tasting Wine Awards - Hong Kong

Médaille Or
“Very opened nose, ripe berries, silky texture. Nothing but a first class wine”


“"Nos Superschampions" Une jolie matière avec une extraction dans le contrôle, une trame tannique encore sur la jeunesse qui mériterait juste deux années de plus et une complexité aromatique alliant très bien le fruit et les épices. Une belle expression du terroir bordelais réalisé avec finesse”

Patrick Dussert-Gerber

“Le Saint-Émilion GCC 2016, est un vin de couleur grenat intense, complexe au nez comme en bouche, distingué, aux connotations de cerise confite et d' humus , qui possède des tanins amples, de garde , bien sûr.”



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

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

2013 Château La Marzelle

An attractive red wine with ripe black fruit and coffee bean character. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins

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