Clos du Marquis (Futures Pre-Sale) 2012
Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Wine Enthusiast - "Made from grapes grown in a specific parcel in the Léoville Las Cases vineyard, Clos du Marquis is a ripe wine that's also promises seriously good aging. Tannins and structure dominate the black fruits and acidity.
Barrel Sample: 92-94 Points"
The Wine Advocate - "The wine is pure with lots of creme de cassis, crushed rock and vanillin characteristics in its long, medium to full-bodied personality. Given the fact that this vineyard was once part of the larger Leoville Las Cases estate, it is no surprise that it is similar to its more famous as well as more expensive cousin. A strong effort in this vintage, it should drink well for 15-20 years.
Barrel Sample: 90-93 Points"
James Suckling - "This is very tannic and powerful with a full body and intense backbone. Chewy finish. Not up to the Leoville Las Cases level though.
Barrel Sample: 91-92 Points"
Wine Spectator - "Light but lively, with damson plum and cherry fruit, showing a lightly briary edge on the finish.
Barrel Sample: 88-91 Points"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2012 Clos du Marquis is quite powerful in this vintage, with a larger amount of Cabernet Sauvignon than is the norm. There is good depth and persistence throughout, even if the 2012 is a bit lacking in excitement that could have taken it up another notch or two. The 2012 is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. This is a solid effort from Jean-Hubert Delon's Clos du Marquis, the sister Saint-Julien property to Léoville-Las-Cases."
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Clos du Marquis Winery
This wine comes from the prestigious Château Léoville-Las Cases in the Saint-Julien appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. Château Léoville-Las Cases is also the name of the red wine produced by this property. The wine produced here was classified as one of fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Léoville-Las Cases was once part of a much larger estate until the time of the French Revolution when a portion of this estate was separated into what is today Château Léoville-Barton. In 1840, the estate was again divided and land that would eventually become Château Léoville-Poyferré was split off. Since the mid 20th century the Delon family have been owners of this estate. View all Clos du Marquis Wines
About St-Julien(saint juhl-e-EHN)
The smallest of the top four Haut-Médoc communes, St-Julien is directly south of Pauillac. With no first growths to its name, the commune often goes overlooked. But it has 11 excellent second, third and fourth growths, and the highest proportion of classified growths of the top four. It doesn't have the concentration and powerful punch of a Pauillac or the soft elegance of a Margaux, but the wine of St-Julien combines the best of its northern & southern neighbors.
Notable FactsA good descriptor of St-Julien wines is balance. Cabernet Sauvignon-based like all left bankers, St-Julien also adds a bit of Merlot for softness. The best known chateaux are the Léovilles – Léoville-Barton, Léoville-Las Cases, Léoville Poyferre - although Barton and Las Cases are more common and more recognizable to consumers. All three are second growths and top notch for their class. The other well known chateaux are Chateau Gruaud-Larosse & Lagrange, a second growth and fourth growth, known for reliable quality.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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