Prieuré La Marzelle 2012

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

A year of many contrasts.

Spring and summer were warm and rainy. Our organic strategy requires us to be very vigilant. August and September were warm and dry resulting in excellent ripeness levels in the grapes. Careful and rigorous work throughout the year as well as three green harvests allowed us to homogenise the crops.

Our new cellars certainly lived up to expectations, particularly for temperature control. We were therefore able to carry out real pre-fermentation macerations at cold temperatures.

The wines are showing themselves to be of outstanding quality. They are fruity, creamy and oily with a pleasant tannic backbone.

Reviews

Guide Hachette

“Château Prieuré La Marzelle 2012 * Le second vin du domaine est très réussi. Au nez, les fruits rouges mûrs se mêlent harmonieusement aux senteurs grillées et épicées de la barrique. L'attaque est souple, le développement ample et gras, renforcé par de bons tanins de garde. Un ensemble bien construit, équilibré, prêt pour un bon vieillissement. 2017-2023. Confit de canard.”

Terre des Vins

15.75/20
- “Une belle robe pourpre dense prépare le terrain pour un nez très mûr, marqué par un fruit très noir. La bouche est dense, complexe et tenue par des tannins solides. A attendre ou à carafer pour le déguster avec un gibier en sauce, voire un saint-nectaire.”

Antonio Galloni

89
- “The Prieuré La Marzelle is soft, open knit and supple, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Dark red cherry, chocolate, plum, smoke, licorice and mint flesh out on the super-ripe, racy finish. This is a distinctly overt style of Saint-Emilion. Antonio Galloni”

Specifications

  • Vineyard 17 hectares/one holding
  • Grape varieties 75% Merlot - 15% Cabernet Franc - 10% Cabernet sauvignon
  • Density 5 700 vines/ha
  • Average age 27 years
  • Production 15 000 bottles
  • Situation High terrace of Saint-Emilion formed by Isle river bed
  • Soil Ancient sands, Deep gravel, Blue clay
  • Pruning Bordelaise (2 frank canes)
  • Alcohol 13%