He succeeded in breathing life back into this vineyard, creating a wine with a distinctive style. In 1962 his son Henri joined him in working towards the only goal that counts for the Duboscq, which is Haut-Marbuzet’s glory.
After the acquisition of the neighboring vineyards which originally belonged to the Mac-Carthy family ( Hautes Graves de Marbuzet, MacCarthy, Moula, Eyquem Marbuzet, Fontanelle, Hostein Marbuzet, Rose de Marbuzet, Lartigue), the property grew to fifty hectares by 1996.
This vineyard’s excellence stems from its marvellous outcrop of Günz gravel with a clay-limestone subsoil which contains iron in its reduced form. Each vintage is matured in new Bordeaux oak casks. These give the wine a perfumed smoothness that softens the traditional virility of Saint-Estephe wines. The wine is charming from the moment it is bottled, gaining in subtlety with age thanks to its magnificent terroir.
Haut-Médoc Bordeaux Wine
Médoc and Haut-Médoc officially became separate appellations in 1935. This division, which confirmed a long-established custom, was due to where they are situated in relation to the Gironde: the Haut- Médoc is upstream, while the Bas-Médoc, known simply as the Médoc, is downstream. The Haut-Médoc is a sixty-kilometer stretch of land along the left bank of the Garonne and the Gironde. Within this territory, aside from the six communal appellations—Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, and Saint-Estèphe— lie some remarkable wine-growing sites. These consist mainly of outcrops of very permeable Garonne gravel on a variety of subsoils.
The Haut-Médoc AOC consists of five crus classified in 1855, including Château Belgrave. The bulk: of the production comes from 140 Crus Bourgeois, including Châteaux Clément-Pichon, Paloumey, du Moulin Rouge, Lanessan, and Sociando Mallet, to name but a few. Haut-Médoc AOC wines are lively and brilliant. Harmoniously balanced and generous without excess, they develop a remarkable bouquet over time. Depending on their origin they are more or less richly colored and powerful, but they all possess a distinctive Médoc character which accounts for their popularity throughout the world.
Investors from Bordeaux Wine
Large and small investors have always been drawn to Bordeaux wines, both by great interest and the potential for profit. They were bankers in the nineteenth century, insurers and heads of industry in the twentieth. If the proportion of wine estates in their hands is not as high as it is said to be, it should be acknowledged that in many cases these investors have allowed major wine-growers to keep up with the latest technology, and also to hold on to estates they might have otherwise lost. In recent years no AOC has escaped this trend, which has contributed to the improvement in quality of Bordeaux wines.