Pierre Lurton applies the same exacting standards to this family estate in Entre-Deux-Mers as he does at Yquem and Cheval Blanc. Because he is convinced that the first requirement for a great wine is top-quality fruit, he has applied for HEV (High Environmental Value) certification, which will come into force this year. From that point on, he will rely on his new Technical Director, Jean-Marc Domme, to oversee the transition to a sustainable ecosystem.
The changes in both vineyard and cellar are already evident: replanting, close planting at 5,000 vines a hectare, research into optimal maturity levels and the mapping of individual parcels of vines, with each variety viewed in isolation. This approach, which places the emphasis on precision, is a departure for the Château.
The red Marjosse is mouth-filling and luscious, with a richness underscored by soft, chalky tannins. The white has superb tension and a saline finish, plus a lovely, lingering orange-peel bitterness.
•Carton 6 bouteilles 47.70 € HT