Prieuré La Marzelle 2003

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

This is the first vintage for these 4 recently purchased hectares.
Poor fruit set followed by the heatwave did not work in our favour. 4 oak vats have been installed in an adjoining cellar. The wine was aged in oak barrels.

Deep, bright and clear ruby red. Roasted notes, pepper and vanilla on the nose. The attack is nice and round. Soft, smooth and well-balanced. The finish is long and spicy with velvety tannins.

Specifications

  • Vineyard 4 hectares of adjoining land
  • Grape varieties 92% Merlot - 8% Cabernet sauvignon
  • Density 5.600 vines/ha
  • Average age 39 years
  • Production 9.600 bottles
  • Situation Haute Terrasse (upper terrace) of Saint-Emilion formed by the former Isle riverbed.
  • Soil 3 types: gravel (continuation of the gravel soils of Figeac), sand on clay (comparable to those of Petrus), old sands
  • Pruning Bordelaise method (2 canes per vine)
  • Alcohol 13%