In 1952, Hervé Duboscq, whose family were from Gascony, had the foresight to purchase the 7 hectare Haut-Marbuzet plot in Saint-Estèphe from the MacCarthy family, one of the famous Irish ‘Wild Geese’ families who had settled in Bordeaux in the 17th century. Although located between Châteaux Cos d’Estournel and Montrose, the quality of this unique terroir was not appreciated during the post war period and Hervé gradually bought all of the MacCarthy family's other vineyard plots, eventually building up a 76 hectare estate.
This was passed on to his son, Henri, who firmly established the wine’s pedigree and reputation. The estate is now run by his sons, Hugues and Bruno. From the outset the Duboscqs developed their own style, less muscular and more approachable than the firmer structured wines of other Saint-Estèphe estates.
Classified as a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel in 2003, Haut-Marbuzet sits very comfortably alongside its more illustrious classed growth neighbours.
Château Haut-Marbuzet is farmed in a reasoned fashion and no chemical weed killers are used.
A fine, approachable style of Saint-Estèphe.