Chateau Haut-Marbuzet produces one of the most hedonistic and voluptuous wines in the Médoc today. Belying its lowly cru bourgeois classification Haut-Marbuzet regularly outperforms many offerings from its more illustrious grand cru classés neighbours. The 40-hectare estate lies between Cos d'Estournel and Montrose in St-Estéphe. Its vineyards are planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc on well-sited undulating gravel rich soils facing the Gironde estuary. The property was purchased in 1952 by Hervé Dubosq and is now owned and managed by his son, Henri. The high percentage of Merlot accentuates the fleshy, supple side of the wine and this is further accentuated by harvesting as late as possible and by maturing the wine in 100% new oak barrels for 18 months. Haut-Marbuzet wines are rich and lush to drink young with plenty of concentrated fruit and plummy, exotic aromas, yet also age superbly.