Situated to the north of Saint-Emilion, Lussac-Saint-Emilion is one of its so-called 'satellite appellations', and it is here that the Boudio family own Château La Marzenac. The family owns 27 hectares, of which 67% is planted with merlot, 20% with cabernet franc and the remaining 13% of the vines are cabernet sauvignon.
The clay and limestone soils are naturally cooler here than in Saint-Emilion, but the vines ripen well despite this thanks to south-facing slopes. A cover crop is grown to control soil fertility, which helps to control yields, and vine leaves are plucked throughout the year to control the amount of sunshine the berries receive. The aim is to produce low yields of fully ripe, healthy fruit.
Once the grapes have been harvested, they are taken to a nearby co-op, Vignerons de Puisseguin-Lussac Saint-Emilion, where vinification takes place. The wine then passes into the hands of experienced Bordeaux négociant JP Moueix, where it matures in large tanks, ensuring the natural flavours of the wine are not masked by over oaking.
JP Moueix own several properties on the right bank, including the famous Château Pétrus in Pomerol, but at Château La Marzenac the focus is on producing supple claret for early drinking.