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Bargain Bordeaux 3 Liters

Even though Les Grands Marechaux is not very expensive, it is not easy to find. Considered one of the Best Bordeaux Bargains, it is bought up by those in the know. I asked my negociant in Bordeaux if he could get me any large formats and his response was, ” I’ll ask, but it is difficult.” Well he managed to get me 10, 3 liters from the great 2009 Vintage! What a score. And 3 liters are as difficult to find as Hens Teeth!

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Etienne Barre and Christophe Reboul Salze bought their Bordeaux wine vineyard Chateau Les Grands Marechaux located in the Cotes de Blaye appellation in 1997. They also own Chateau Chateau
Gigault , which makes the popular Cuvee Viva. They recently added to their portfolio of Bordeaux value wine producing estates with the purchase of Chateau Belle Coline . Aside from being a Bordeaux wine maker, Christophe Reboul is also well known as a Bordeaux wine negociant with his company, The Wine Merchant. The 21.4-hectare, Chateau Les Grands Marechaux vineyard is planted on clay, limestone and sandy soils. The average age of the vines is 17 years. The vineyard is planted with a mix of 84% Merlot , 9% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon . The fruit is whole berry fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks with a 30-day maceration. Malolactic fermentation is performed in French oak barrels. The wine making and vineyard management of Chateau Les Grands Marechaux is consulted by Stephane Derenoncourt who is well known for working with numerous estates in the Right Bank of Bordeaux.
Les Grands Marechaux is another contender for the best value Bordeaux wine produced today. In fact, their other Bordeaux estate, Gugault, and their special wine, Gigault Cuvee Viva, as well as Chateau Belle Coline are all strong examples of Bordeaux value wines well that are well worth taking a look at. (Wine Cellar Insider)

*2009 Les Grands Marechaux
Cotes de Blaye
3 Liter
$145.00 per 3 liter
(Robert Parker 90)

An absolutely outrageous sleeper of the vintage, the tiny yields of 26 hectoliters per hectare produced wine made from a blend of 84% Merlot and the rest the two Cabernets. Natural alcohol is a whopping 14.5%, and it will come as no surprise that Stephane Derenoncourt is the consultant. Deep plum/ruby, with a big, sweet kiss of mulberry, black cherry jam, licorice and incense, this ripe, fleshy, medium to full-bodied wine has terrific fruit on the attack, mid-palate and finish. This unctuous 2009, which often gets a recommendation from me, is the best Les Grands Marechaux I have ever tasted.