Domaine Franco-Chinois Réserve Marselan

Marselan is a grape variety created by crossing Cabernet Sauvignon with Grenache.

Owing to its outstanding attributes, such as small berries, exceptional quality, high yield, and robust disease resistance, Marselan has steadily emerged as a prominent grape variety in Chinese wine production.

In 2001, Domaine Franco-Chinois imported Marselan grapevine cuttings from France, adapting them to the unique Huailai terroir. By focusing on crucial aspects such as cluster thinning and optimal harvest timing, the estate has been able to cultivate high-quality grapes. The juice undergoes maturation in French oak barrels for over 16 months, resulting in a full-bodied, harmonious profile with smooth, refined tannins and a lasting finish. Domaine Franco-Chinois Marselan demonstrates exceptional aging potential.

  • Variety
    • Marselan
  • Volume
    • 750ml
  • Vinification
    • 5 days cold maceration; 15 days thermal-controlled fermentation and extraction in stainless steel tanks; malolactic fermentation in oak barrels
  • Barrel aging
    • 16-18 months, 100% French oak



Most Promising Chinese Wines of the Year

China Wine Summit (Vintage 2014)

Best Marselan in China

Bettane & Desseauve (Vintage 2013)


International Wine Challenge (Vintage 2013)


Berliner Wine Trophy (Vintage 2012)


RVF China (Vintage 2012)


RVF China (Vintage 2011)

Tasting Notes

Deep, dark and dense. Intense fruit loaded with black fruits and spiked with black pepper, undergrowth and liquorice. Lovely with fine tannin and grip.
[ 93 / 100 pts,Vintage 2013 ]

International Wine Challenge / IWC 2020

In 2012 there was no Reserve category of Marselan for Domaine Franco Chinois, but this wine should be considered alongside the later Reserve vintages, such as 2014. The 2012 Marselan has the deep purple color typical of this varietal crossing of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. On the nose, there is abundant, mellowing Marselan fruit with typical damson, prune and blueberry aromas combining with tertiary notes of leather, mushroom and black tea and some lingering secondary vanilla and toast. This is full-bodied with some lifting soft acidity, chewy ripe tannins and an abundant core of black fruit. The primary fruit melds together with those mellowing tertiary notes that also marry well with the sweet and savory new oak. While the alcohol is showing slightly, this wine has relatively long length with an intense, savory finish. It has certainly evolved well and could even benefit from a further year or two in bottle.
[ 92 / 100 pts,Vintage 2012,by Edward Ragg, MW ]

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

A rich, flavorful red with blackberries, grapes, wet earth and tar. Spices and meat, too. Full body, layered tannins and a flavorful finish. Wonderful future. Drink or hold.
[ 94 / 100 pts, Vintage 2014 ]

James Suckling

Deep red. Fresh red fruit, herbs and a hint of black pepper on the nose. Very well balanced in the mouth, with lovely smooth clean flavours similar to the aromas but complicated by nuances of grilled beef. Finishes long with floral (violet especially) reminders. Lots of flavour here and only 13.5% alcohol. A very pretty wine.
[ 93 / 100 pts, Vintage 2014 ]

Ian D’Agata

[ 17/20 pts, Vintage 2013 ]

Bettane & Desseauve

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