Château MARTET "Réserve de la
Wine containing 100% Merlot manually picked on south-west oriented
Malo-lactic fermentation in 100% new barrels.
Smell of prunes and truffles.
In the mouth, balanced, well-structured, full-flavoured. Dominating
fruit. Superb creamy richness, roundness and charm are the key words.
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1998 Martet has been going through such a wine-producing and wine-growing
restructuring that its wines no longer correspond to the general
quality concepts of the vintages. So, we can assert that the quality
has been on the rise since 1998.
It is a classic Bordeaux vintage, regular climate, temperate,
without hot and cold snaps. It is comparable to 1988, except for
the acidity. The outcome is that the wines are very pleasant : fresh,
rich with a wonderful tannic fabric, perfectly balanced with an
These wines are marked by the hot snap of mid-August. Creamy elegant
fruit: superb structure slightly marked by nice notes. The tannins
are a bit more severe than 1998. It remains an excellent wine.
The vintage of the controlled strength. Distinct fruit, texture,
lingering flavour, very well-balanced. Leaves a silky touch on the
This vintage has bad luck to be overshadowed by 2000 at the time.
2001 is sensual, vivid, has a seldom equalled subtlety and balance.
A real treat.
Fruity vintage. Superb creamy richness, one bites into the wine
as one would bite into the grape. Intense and silky, lingering flavour.
It explodes in the mouth, endowed with a wonderful elegance. Up
till then the finest wine ever produced at Martet.
Needless to say that 2003 is an exceptional vintage; all of us have
experienced it every day.
Martet is situated on a clay-limestone soil that serves as a sponge.
These soils have a reserve of freshness that diminished the impact
of the heat wave of 2003. This being said, it is difficult to do
entirely away with the notion ‘vintage’. Ripe fruit, very close
to over-ripe with touches of slightly candied fruits, low acidity
and a wonderful sweetness with a distinct freshness owing to pulpy
After 2003, 2004 was in other circumstances an exceptional
vintage. Exceptional owing to the opulence. Off-standard quantity.
This being said, Martet is a bit an exception to the rule. The vineyard
is being restructured, with young vines whose robustness is limited
deliberately. This way the quantities produced at Martet in 2004
correspond to the average of the preceding vintages ( apart from
the exception 2003 of course ).
This without green pickings, but thanks to very precise pruning.
Martet 2004 is in barrels at this moment, the malo-lactic fermentations
are finished. The vegetative cycle of the vine was very long resulting
in late harvesting; the outcome is that 2004 appears to be a pulpy
vintage, of the rather strong type with superb creamy richness.
It will undoubtedly be an exquisite vintage.