Grape Variety: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2022
Serving Temperature: 16 – 18 °C
Alcohol Level: 13%
Intense color with attractive fresh, red fruit notes, and hints of torrefaction. Supple and smooth on the attack, the wine becomes rounded and aromatic on the palate, underpinned by a framework of delicate tannins. Highly elegant and fruity wine, boasting great freshness.
The very favourable weather conditions from the last week in August onwards ensured very homogeneous ripening of the dominant Merlot variety, with lots of aromas, colour and good balance. The rain in mid-September did not upset the process ; the perfectly tended vineyard resisted well to the threat from Botrytis, while the vein of blue clay “mopped up” the excess water.
11 lots of ripe berries undergo pre-fermentation maceration of 7 to 10 days at 7°C. The fermentation which takes place afterwards for 7 to 10 days transforms the richly coloured musts with powerful fruit aromas.
Since 2005, which signalled the first vintage vinified by Dourthe, Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac has successfully united man, nature and machine to earn its place alongside the true elite of the Saint Emilion Grand Cru wines. Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac is defined to a greater extent by its elegance and finesse than its robust structure. It delights with its balance and aromatic purity underpinned by delicate tannins and careful ageing.
"Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac is situated on stony clay-flint terraces known locally as “Graves de Saint-Emilion” (Saint-Emilion stones), which stretch from the north-west of the village towards the communes of Libourne and Pomerol. Historically, and ever since, this region has been recognised for the high quality of its extremely delicate and elegant wines. We were extremely proud to take over the management of this jewel in the Saint-Emilion crown in 2005." Patrick Jestin
The cross featuring on the wine label is a reference to Saint-Emilion’s religious background. This medieval town founded by a monk in the 7th century is famous for its monuments constructed over the centuries by various religious orders. The cross also symbolises the property’s complex history. Known at the end of the 19th century as Château Lamarzelle Figeac, the estate was rebuilt entirely in 1895, by a manufacturer from the North of France, a certain Mr. Bouchard.
The chateau is the fusion of the ancient small holdings of Clos Lamarzelle Grand Barrail and Lamarzelle-Figeac, which were separated from Château Figeac in the second half of the 19th century. The adjacent estate of Clos Lamarzelle was integrated in 1906. From the earliest records of the famous Feret wine guide, the estate was regarded as one of the finest wines in Saint-Emilion, and was included in the Saint-Emilion classification system between 1959 and 1996.
The Carrere family, who succeeded Mr. Bouchard, the owner at the time, awarded the wines the motto “To taste me is to love me, and me alone”.
|Serving Temperature||16 - 18°C|
|Grape Variety||80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc|
|Wine Closure||Natural Cork|