2018 Château La Marzelle

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé

“[18/20] WORLD CLASS -Grand terroir, grand talent, grande année : un 2018 qui fera date et s'inscrit dans le panorama des très grands vins mondiaux de l'année. Remarquable velouté de texture rappelant les plus grands pomerols, longueur impressionnante, sans doute le meilleur de l’histoire.”
Magnum - Bettane & Desseauve - Primeur

The origin

17 ha of adjoining land
Grape varieties
75% Merlot - 20% Cabernet franc - 5% Cabernet sauvignon
5 700 à 7 150 plants/ha
Âge moyen
40 years
30 000 bottles
Upper terrace of Saint-Emilion formbed by the former Isle riverbed
Bordelaise method (2 canes per vine)

After 2017, the 2018 vintage was the second year in the organic conversion process whose virtuous demarche began at Chateau La Marzelle in 2008.

It is already the fourth year that the biodynamic process, and its principles, has been undertaken in perfect accordance with our terroirs. The weather conditions of this year presented a mild and rainy winter and spring that, consequently, brought with them an extremely severe mildew pressure that came with virulent outbreaks. However, as from mid-July right up until the harvest, we had very dry conditions with heat- wave type temperatures. These very favorable climatic conditions permitted us to focus our entire attention on managing the quality and disease-free state of the grapes in order to bring them to optimal ripening conditions. The grape-picking began on the 25th of September, lasted for 4 weeks and was manifested by a determined will to obtain the most perfect phenolic maturity in each one of our parcels.

This year in particular, our state-of-the-art sorting systems, by densiometric and berry-calibration worked wonders! This together with a very precise individual parcel selection, was made possible through the use of appropriately sized vessels, double-walled truncated cone-shaped stainless steel vats but also 500-liter barrels and amphorae. This equipment allowed us to remain in line with our extremely demanding quality objectives. We were able to pick perfectly healthy grapes and only those of optimal maturity.

The soft and respectful vinifications ensued in vats, in 500-liter barrels and in amphorae, in the traditional spirit of Chateau La Marzelle which is to obtain powerful wines but with a characteristic elegance and balance that expresses the aromatics of the fruit supported by the necessary tension. Once the fermentations were finished, the wines were aged in new French oak barrels but also in terracotta for the preservation of the fruit, freshness and perfect balance of the wine.

This vintage has proved to be a particularly demanding exercise in style, but the mobilisation of the know-how of our expert teams served by technical tools gives us great hope for the final quality of the vintage, which should not be ashamed of its big brothers 2015 and 2016, which preceded it.


Magnum - Bettane & Desseauve - Primeur

“[18/20] WORLD CLASS -Grand terroir, grand talent, grande année : un 2018 qui fera date et s'inscrit dans le panorama des très grands vins mondiaux de l'année. Remarquable velouté de texture rappelant les plus grands pomerols, longueur impressionnante, sans doute le meilleur de l’histoire.”

JM QUARIN - Primeur

“Ma meilleure note donnée à ce cru en primeur. Que de progrès depuis 2012 et quelle heureuse transformation depuis l'usage de la biodynamie (2015). Couleur sombre, intense et belle. Nez intense, fin, fruité, mûr et suave. Bouche aérienne, fondante, juteuse, avec de l'éclat à partir du milieu. S'en suit un goût profond de mûre et de fruits noirs. Le vin s'achève long, sans cesse fondant, avec une expression différente. Il est incrachable. Bravo ! 2026 – 2044”

Gault Millau

“Beaucoup de fraicheur avec des notes de graphite, de fleurs, de fruits noirs bien murs. Bouche de cerise noire, charnue et juteuse avec une charge tannique importante mais un ensemble bien construit et frais. Une belle bouteille qui vieillira admirablement.”

Anthocyanes - Yohan Castaing - Primeur

“Beaucoup de fraicheur avec des notes de graphite, de fleurs, de fruits noirs bien murs. Bouche de cerise noire, charnue et juteuse avec une charge tannique importante mais un ensemble bien construit et frais. Une belle bouteille qui vieillira admirablement.”

Wine Advocate - Lisa Perrotti - Primeur

“This is a 29-year-old, 15-hectare vineyard planted in the lieu-dit of La Marzelle. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, and the wine has 14% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 la Marzelle slips sensuously from the glass with notes of violets, lavender and black tea over a warm black cherries, mulberries and baked plums core with wafts of fallen leaves and mossy bark. Full, rich, spicy and seductive, it has a velvety texture and long, opulent finish.”

Jeff LEVE - Primeur

“Inky and dense, the wine is lush, ripe, floral and loaded with dark cherries, espresso, smoke, licorice and round, silky textures. Vibrant and fruity with flesh on its bones, the finish is packed with dark black fruits”

Wine Doctor - Chris Kissack - Primeur

“Château La Marzelle 2018: The harvest was from September 27th until October 12th, with a yield of just 25 hi/ha, a modest crop which presumably reflects the domaine's ongoing conversion to organic viticulture. The blend is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. A very dark style on the nose, somewhat introverted on the first sample, more open on the second, with black olive and grilled black cherry fruit, with a smoky, tobacco and caramel overlay. A deliciously confident but well-framed texture at the start, with warm grip to it, supporting a bed of toasted black cherry, black olive and black bean fruits through the middle. The tannins are full, dry, grippy and tightly knit, somewhat sooty, and they certainly dominate the palate and remain apparent through the finish. In terms of style it remains very modern, as suggested by its inky black colour in the glass, but the extraction sits well with the style of the vintage. This should provide some good drinking. Tasted twice.”

Jeb Dunnuck - Primeur

“A wine that should match or exceed the brilliant 2016, the 2018 Château La Marzelle comes from a 15-hectare vineyard lying on the plateau and is a blend of 80/20 Merlot and Cabernet Franc that will spend 16 months in new French oak. Yields were a soul-crushing 15 hectoliters per hectare (this is after sorting) yet the wine is brilliant, offering a full-bodied, sexy, layered style as well as terrific aromas of black and blue fruits, spice box, violets, and earth. Deep, concentrated, and powerful, yet also elegant, it’s a brilliant wine in the making. Tasted twice.”

vvWine.com- Adrien Velsen - Primeur

“Rubis profond, nez ouvert, clairement influencé par le Merlot, crème, fruit de prune mûre, de mûre, et les parfums floraux, très complexe. Corsé, démarrage progressif, puis devient rapidement plus serré, montre train et estampes, la structure et la race, les tanins sont distinctifs, finement tissés. Prend du temps et de maturité, devrait se développer très bien. 2028-2045”

Bettane & Desseauve - Mars 2021

“Ce vin enchante par sa sincérité d'arômes et le grain magnifique de sa texture. On est dans le satiné et le grand raffinement tannique. Superbe expérience à prévoir avec ce la Marzelle qui vieillira lumineusement.”

Jancis Robinson - Janvier 2021

“Near Figeac and Cheval Blanc so with some gravel and some Cabernet Sauvignon though the majority of the vines are Merlot. Deep crimson. Intense, ripe, savoury nose. Juicy palate in which the tannins are almost submerged by purple-fruit flavours – blackberry? – but then the tannins come in at the end. A very competent, ageworthy St-Émilion.”


“Deep purple red colour with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with spicy aroma, hints of white lilies, plums and blackberries, distinct roasting aroma and blackcurrant jam, discreet spiciness in the background. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, convincing aromatic length and fine fruit.”

Weinzeitung - Primeur

“Intensives Bouquet, geröstete Kraüter, Kaffee, Brombeeren. Gute Dichte, saftig, feines Tannin, elegante Säure, gute Struktur, reife Brombeeren, zart Himbeeren im Finish, gute Länge. Zweimal verkostet.”

René GABRIEL - Primeur

“Molliges, fruchtiges Bouquet, Erdbeerkonfitüre, Kirschenkompott, Caramel, Vanille. Breiter, süsser Gaumen mit kräftiger Frucht, üppiger Struktur, sandigem Tannin, mittlerer Aromatik, herber Abgang. 17/20 2024 - 2036”

James Suckling - Primeur

“A pretty and refined Bordeaux with dark berries, wet earth and spice. Medium to full body and fine tannins. Flavorful and characterful. From biodynamically farmed vineyards.”

Yves BECK - Primeur

“Rouge grenat violacé. Bouquet filigrane, élégant, révélant un peu d’élevage anis que des notes de myrtilles et de menthe. Attaque crémeuse et friande. Au palais le vin est doté de tannins aux grains fins et d’une bonne intensité aromatique. La Marzelle affiche de la finesse, une bonne densité et une agréable fraicheur en fin de bouche. Ce n’était évidemment pas une année facile et le résultat en est d’autant plus convaincant.”

Decanter - Jane Anson - Primeur

“One of the bigger wines in St-Emilion in 2018, but as there are so few of these in this vintage, it's quite enjoyable. Powerful notes of liquorice, slate and slices of pure blueberry are set up against bitter chocolate and the tannin-acidity combo that takes no prisoners. Tasted several times and always gave the impression that this is big and hunkered down. Successful.”

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - Primeur

“92–94. Barrel Sample. From a biodynamic vineyard comes a pure, dark fruited wine with great tannins and powerful fruits. It has bold tannins that add to the rich structure of the wine. This is an estate with a good future.”

RVF - Pierre Citerne - Primeur

“Très sombre, moelleux mais sans relâchement dans sa trame ni pesanteur alcoolique, ce vin moderne, extrêmement velouté offre un grand plaisir tactile, en même temps qu'une remarquable proximité du fruit, nuancé de suie et moka.”


“Des parfums de cerises et baies noires, finement épicées et réglissées se révèlent à l'agitation. La bouche est élégante, fruité dans une construction longiforme d'une bonne densité un peu plus haute dans un centre délicatement charnu. La finale est allongée, fraîche, veloutée et aromatique.”

Vert de Vin - Primeur

“Le nez est fruité, racé et offre une petite minéralité ainsi qu’une jolie définition du fruit. On y retrouve des notes de mûre juteuse/charnue, de cassis juteux/charnu et plus légèrement de fraise associées à de fines pointes de chocolat et de toasté. La bouche est fruitée, équilibrée et offre une bonne définition, de la tension, de la précision, de la gourmandise ainsi que de la droiture. En bouche ce vin exprime des notes de mûre juteuse/charnue, de fraise juteuse/charnue et plus légèrement de cassis juteux/charnu associées à de petites touches de chocolat, de toasté ainsi qu’à de discrètes pointes d’amande toastée. Fine sensation granuleuse en fin de bouche.”

Byklum - Avril 2021

“Ruby. Blackberries, anise, spices, blueberries and vanilla nose, scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruit driven, spices, juicy, elegant texture, long finish”

Terre de Vin - Primeur

“Nez compact, marqué par des notes cuites et grillées. La bouche est dense, assez opulente et tapissante, les tanins soyeux. La Marzelle se distingue par un profil enrobant, gourmand. Il manque à ce 2018 un supplément de tonicité qu'il y avait dans l'excellent 2016.”

Peter Moser- FALSTAFF - Primeur

“Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, dezente Randaufhellung. Attraktives schwarzes Beerenkonfit, florale Nuancen, ein Hauch von Cassis, frische Orangenzesten. Saftig, elegant, frische Kirschen, feine Tannine, ausgewogen und mineralisch, bleibt haften , ein facettenreicher, lebendigerSpeisenbegleiter.”

Perswijn - Primeur

“Geur: intens, conture, balsamico Smaak: machtig, iets overdone in extractie”

Weinverstand Brief – Ulrich Sautter - Primeur

“Verschlossen, Kakaobohne, Blaubeere, Zimt. Weicher Fond, körnig, weitmaschig, gut fokussiert in einem etwas breiteren Format, dennoch nicht alkoholisch. Gute Phenolreife, sogar recht saftig abklingend mit sehr präsenter Kalk-Mineralität. Eine gut ausbalancierte Umsetzung des Jahrgangs, mit Augenmaß extrahiert.”

Yohan Castaing - Gault & Millau - Primeur

“Beaucoup de fraicheur avec des notes de graphites, de fleurs, de fruits noirs bien murs. Bouche de cerise noire, charnue et juteuse avec une charge tannique importante mais un ensemble bien construit et frais. Une belle bouteille qui vieillira admirablement.”


“Der La Marzelle besteht aus 75 % Merlot, 20 % Cabernet Franc und 5 % Cabernet Sauvignon, ausgebaut in 85 % neuen Fässern. Guter, satter Saint-Emilion, dicht und süß, mit wenig Säure und schokola-diger Fülle, bleibt er insgesamt eher stumpf.”

Vinum - Primeur

“Fruchtige Noten in der Nase; schlan-ker, aber dichter, eleganter Bau, von grosser Präzision, stilvoll, lang, mit knackigem Tannin; hat Klasse.”

Markus Del Monego - Janvier 2021

“Deep purple colour with violet hue and black core.Multi-layered nose with rich aroma reminiscent of juicy plums, black cherries and ripe blackberries, hints of black currant jelly, mild spices, fine toasting and hints of white flowers in the background. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, fine acidity, elegant fruit and discreet spiciness lingering in the aftertaste, a wine with convincing length.”

James Suckling - Janvier 2021

“Intense aromas of violets, blackberries, roasted coffee and sandalwood. Savory notes of dried herbs and black mushrooms, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins. Concentrated and flavorful with tightly knit layers of dark berries. Try from 2025.”

Jeff Leve - Mars 2021

“Licorice, chocolate, black cherry, smoke and vanilla are all over the place. Silky, soft and polished, this medium-bodied gem is forward, fresh, fruity and vibrant. La Marzelle is a hot property that keeps getting better and still sells for a fair price.”

Peter Moser - Février 2021

“Dunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, dezente Randaufhellung. Attraktives Bukett nach frischen schwarzen Waldbeeren, feiner Holzwürze und etwas Nougat, Bourbonvanille ist unterlegt, einladend. Saftig, elegant, reife Kirschen, etwas Cassis, feine, gut integrierte Tannine, frisch strukturiert, ein lebendiger Speisenbegleiter mit Reifepotenzial.”

Jeannie Cho Lee - Février 2021

“An attractive nose of violets, sweet spices and red plums; followed by a palate filled with dried jasmine flowers and dark berries. Beautifully composed with velvety tannins and a wonderful lightness. Only 14% alcohol in this vintage which is considered moderate in 2018.”

Itzak Litwar - Février 2021

“Very cherry nose, spicy berries, luscious and delicate fruit, well-composed with a velvety texture, silky tannins and lovely fruity finish. An attractive and elegant wine.”

Adrian Van Velsen - Mars 2021

“rubis profond. Nez ouvert, nettement marqué par le Merlot, la crème, la prune mûre, la mûre, des senteurs également fleuries, très complexes. Prélude corsé et souple, puis se resserrant rapidement, montre tension et pression, structure et race, les tanins sont caractéristiques, finement tissés. Prend du temps et de la maturité, devrait se développer très bien. 2028-2045”

Antonio Galloni - Mars 2021

“The 2018 La Marzelle is bold, juicy and immediate. Inky red/purplish berry fruit, blood orange, mocha, spice, new leather, cedar and rose petal are pushed forward. Supple and inviting, the 2018 will drink well right out the gate. La Marzelle has been inconsistent of late, but the wines can be quite alluring.”

Colin Hay - mars 2021

“Very dark and quite extracted, this is practically opaque at the its garnet/purple core and with a very fuzzy almost radiant lavender/purple rim. With just a little patience and a gentle swirl of the glass, this opens very gradually like the first rose of summer, revealing a beautifully intensely cedar and graphite-rich dark briary fruit with notes of sous bois, dried Italian herbs and a hint of fennel seed, nutmeg and cinnamon. On the palate, this is again very deep, dark and earthy with a rich, plump fruit, ultra-soft yet chewy tannins and a nicely lingering finish with something for both the very top and the bottom of the palate. Very harmonious, very balanced and with a lovely floral lift that stops this becoming heavy.”

Antonio Galloni - Primeur

“The 2018 La Marzelle is a heady, exotic Saint-Émilion endowed with quite a bit of aromatic and flavor intensity.”

James Molesworth - Primeur

“Solidly built, with a graphite frame around a mix of smoldering tobacco, anise, steeped plum and blackberry compote flavors. The gusty, tarry finish is a bit chunky but should settle in. -J.M.”

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - mars 2021

“A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 la Marzelle has 14% alcohol and a deep garnet-purple color, leaping from the glass with vivacious notes of stewed red and black cherries, boysenberries and plum preserves, plus wafts of camphor and ground cloves with a touch of dusty soil. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of juicy black fruits, supported by soft tannins and bold freshness, finishing long with a spicy kick.”

Bettane et Desseauve - Avril 2021


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

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

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