Clos de Marquis, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, France, 2020
Grapes: 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, gravel over sandy clay soil, fruit is sourced from a separate 45ha vineyard from that of "Las Cases" itself, 30 year old average vine age
Owned by Domaines Delon, proprietors of Second Growth St Julien, Chateau Leoville Las Cases.
The name of Clos du Marquis, created in 1902, was inspired by the Petit Clos adjacent to the Château de Léoville, residence of the Marquis de Las Cases. The "Clos du Marquis" is produced from top terroirs of the Saint-Julien Appellation that were not exclusively part of the old Domaine de Léoville cadastre. These terroirs are located slightly to the west and are surrounded by prestigious Classified Growths, particularly Seconds Crus Classés of Saint-Julien and Pauillac: Léoville Poyferré, Léoville Barton, Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. The Clos du Marquis offers a fine expression of the Saint-Julien character: structure, complexity, harmony, distinction and ageing potential.
Critics' Tasting Notes:
"The 2020 Clos du Marquis wafts from the glass with aromas of rich berries, cherries, orange zest, pencil shavings and crushed mint. Medium to full-bodied, rich and velvety, with a sweet core of fruit, lively acids and powdery tannins that assert themselves on the youthfully firm finish, it's a serious wine that will require and reward patience."
93+/100 points, William Kelley, WINE ADVOCATE
"Dark ruby garnet, purple reflections, firm core, delicate rim brightening. Attractive black wild berries, blueberries and a hint of liquorice, pleasant noble wood savouriness, some nougat. Juicy and complex, black cherries, freshly structured, fine, integrated tannins, salty nuances, mineral and lively, shows very good length, certain ageing potential."
95/100 points, FALSTAFF, Austria, January 2023
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- Saint Julien
- Primary Grape/Blend:
- Bordeaux Blend
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