2012 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

“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.”
15.75/20
Terre des Vins

The origin

Vineyard
17 ha of adjoining land
Grape varieties
75% Merlot - 15% Cabernet Franc - 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Density
5 700 plants/ha
Âge moyen
27 ans
Production
15 000 bottles
Situation
Upper terrace of Saint-Emilion formbed by the former Isle riverbed
Pruning
Bordelaise method (2 canes per vine)
Alcohol
13%

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

“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”

The vintages of

2020 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

The first AB-certified vintage

2019 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

A vintage of know-how and common sense of the farmer and a year that was marked by contrasting climatic episodes

2016 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

A late millésime favored by an exceptional summer and late season

2015 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

Our real premiere in Biodynamics

2014 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

A new harvest reception area allowed for a better selection of grape berries that imparted upon the wine an incomparable precision and purity

2011 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

A very round, fleshy wine with excellent acidity that will carry it well into the future

2010 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

A very round, fleshy wine with excellent acidity that will carry it well into the future

2009 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

Excellent climatic conditions this year, similar to those of 2005

2008 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

Powerful nose of ripe fruit and cassis, with a very fruity, fresh attack

2007 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

The colour is very deep, almost black with lovely purplish highlights

2006 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

Deep colour, powerful nose with notes of garrigue and fruit in brandy

2004 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

The colour is bright with pretty raspberry highlights. This delicate wine is a pleasure to drink

2003 Château Prieuré La Marzelle

Ruby red with a roasted, peppery, vanilla nose. Supple with well blended tannins