“Some people say Bordeaux is expensive. It depends on what you drink.” We could not agree more with Neal Martin’s comment he made when enjoying a bottle of Château Marjosse. The 2018 white and red from Pierre Lurton’s estate are in our cellar and these two wines tick all the boxes for great quality wine from a reputable name that won’t cost a fortune.
Pierre Lurton, Managing Director of two of Bordeaux’s mighty First Growth estates in Château Cheval Blanc (Saint-Émilion) and Château d’Yquem (Sauternes), purchased a small estate in the region of Entre-Deux-Mers in 1997. In a very short space of time, he turned Château Marjosse into one of Bordeaux’s most highly respected estates for the value-to-quality ratio of its wine.
The Marjosse red blend is Merlot-dominant with Cabernet Franc and smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Once picked, the grapes are vinified separately per varietal and following final blending, the wine is matured in 50% new French oak for 12 months.
The Marjosse white is a blend crafted around Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle. As with the red, the grapes are vinified separately per varietal and, once blended, the wine matures in cement vats on the lees for 2-3 months.
*Prices are per bottle and incl. VAT
90-92 points | Neal Martin for Vinous | November 2019
“The 2018 Marjosse offers lovely black currant and raspberry aromas, fresh and vibrant in the glass; plum jam and black olive notes emerge with time. The palate is underpinned by fine tannins, good substance and a crisp, cedar-tinged finish that is a pure joy. A must-buy from Pierre Lurton’s home estate.”
89 points | Antonio Galloni for Vinous | April 2019
“A stunning value, Pierre Lurton’s 2018 Marjosse Blanc is loaded with citrus, mint and white flower notes. This mid-weight, crisp, dry Bordeaux is a fabulous aperitif wine, but will also drink well at the table with lighter fare. It is an ideal wine for the spring and summer months. The blend is 40% Sémillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Gris and 10% Muscadelle.”