91–93. Barrel Sample. Based around the medieval castle at the port of Lamarque on the Gironde estuary, this estate is performing well, crafting structured yet elegant wines. This wine epitomizes that style, with firm tannins that never lose sight of the fruit or the acidity. For aging, the wine will be ready after 2025.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.