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SAT® Tasting Notes: Château Marzy Pomerol 2014

Tasting notes on this AOC Pomerol wine, Right Bank of Bordeaux in France, according to WSET Level 4 (Diploma) Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine.



Pomerol is considered the jewel of the right bank of Bordeaux. The wines are Merlot dominated and the wines range from small familiar production to sought-after and rare bottles. This wine comes from a small estate, which is commented on this article, and we are going to access the quality, along with the full tasting notes. Below, we will consider the grape variety typicity and style of the region.


Wine Geek Fact


This wine needs to breathe before accessing. We have left the samples on the glass for one hour before starting the tasting.


Wine Info


WSET Specification (Recommended tasting samples): France, Bordeaux Red – 2. Pomerol of very good or outstanding quality


Wine: Château Marzy Pomerol 2014

Grape: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Price: £36.99

Where to buy: Majestic



Appearance


Medium Garnet

Looking to the glass at a 45 angle against a white paper, I could see the colour brown on the rim but the wine is still red, so garnet It is. When I've put against a paper with something wrote on it, I could almost read it but not clearly (not pale) but I still could see the letters (not deep).


Nose


Intensity: Pronounced


Aroma Characteristics

Primary: Black fruit (black plum, blueberry, blackberry)

Spices (cinnamon)

Floral (violet)

Secondary: Oak (cedar, wood, vanilla, cloves)

Tertiary: prune, leather, meat, barnyard


Palate


Sweetness: Dry

Acidity: High acidity

Tannin: Medium | nature: ripe and firm

Alcohol: Medium

Body: Medium-bodied

Flavour Intensity: Pronounced

Flavour characteristics:

Primary: Black fruit (black plum, blueberry, blackberry)

Spices (cinnamon)

Floral (violet)

Secondary: Oak (cedar, wood, vanilla, cloves)

Tertiary: prune, leather, meat, barnyard


Finish: Long


Conclusions


Quality Assessment: Outstanding

Balance - The great level of fruit concentration is making this wine be in balance on the palate when combined with the ripe and firm tannins preventing this wine from being bitter or astringent. The high level of bracing acidity is refreshing the wine on the palate which otherwise could be heavy because of the depth of fruit concentration. It has clearly aromas and flavours coming from the oak, but it is well integrated with the wine, can be perceived but It is not masking the fruit attributes of it.

Intensity - The wine keeps lingering in your mouth for a good minute after you have tasted it. Great concentration of fruits.

Length - The flavour of prune comes back combined with the wood but after you can even taste cooked black fruit coming back.

Complexity - The wine has a great number of descriptors from different clusters distributed in primary, secondary and tertiary aromas and flavours. The flavours are deep and well-defined showing new notes at each sip, with different nuances being revealed leaving the wine on the glass a little longer. The wine is already showing signs of maturity with dried fruits and other components but there is still a good quantity of primary aromas and enough level of tannins and acidity to develop with age.


Bottle ageing: Drink now, suitable for ageing.



Country/Region origin


Saint-Emillion and Pomerol are the most important appellations on the right bank of Bordeaux. Merlot is the dominant variety and the wines are generally softer in style than those from the Left Bank. They typically have medium tannins levels, medium acidity and a red fruit character (plum, red berry), developing cedar and tobacco when they age.


One of the jewels of Bordeaux, Pomerol is the home of Petrus, one of the rarest and most expensive wines in the world. The appellation does not have a classification system, the grapes allowed are Merlot (80 to 100%), Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Soil: Clay-gravel. Style: Powerful, rounded and supple with a very deep, dense colour, the wines of Pomerol develop full, complex aromas of red and black fruit, spices, and hints of violet. They are underscored with hints of tobacco, liquorice, truffle and game, which become more complex with age. The palate is full, smooth and fleshy, steeped in fruit flavours with a powerful structure of silky, dense tannins. The lingering finish is long and fragrant.


Grape variety profile


Merlot gives wines that are less aromatic, with less intense flavours and lighter tannins and acidity than Cabernet Sauvignon but generally with more body and higher alcohol. The common flavours of Merlot from hot climates or overripe shows a black fruit character (blackberry, blueberry, black cherry), full-body, medium or low acidity, high alcohol and medium levels of tannin. A more elegant style, from moderate to cool climates shows a red fruit character (strawberry, red berry, plum), some herbal notes and a little more of tannins and acidity. The best ones are often aged in oak gaining spice and oaky flavours (vanilla, coffee).

Cabernet Sauvignon normally has deep coloured colours, high tannins and high acidity. Brings typical flavours of black fruits (blackcurrant, black cherry), with herbaceous notes (bell pepper, mint, cedar) and It’s frequently oaked (smoke, vanilla, coffee). The grape needs a moderate or hot climate to be fully ripe, otherwise, it becomes astringent, harsh with unpleasant herbaceous flavours. Wine from hot climates is fuller-bodied, with softer tannins, more black cherry fruit and less herbaceous.


A quick word about Château Marzy


map pomerol wine region france chateau marzy
Map from The Atlas of Wine

Château Marzy is located on Pomerol, near Chateau Bonalgue, in a small plot with an excellent location. Because of the high quality of its old vines and classic terroir, it produces a wine of great power and finesse.


A historic spot in the 12th century, this vineyard covers 8 hectares and It is one of the rare properties that is described as a “Château” on the official maps of the National Geographic Institute.


The label has Saint Jacques as a remembrance of the pilgrims who sought refuge with the Hospitallers of Pomerol.








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