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Clos du Marquis

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2018 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 93

Crème de cassis, spice, forest floor and tobacco notes show up with ease. Medium/full-bodied, spicy and fresh, this wine is precociously ripe and vibrant with juicy fruit on the nose and mouth. Even with the 14.5% alcohol, there is no heat, jam or over-ripeness. Everything is sweet and lively. Clearly, this is the best vintage for Clos du Marquis and its definitely Classified Growth in quality. The wine was made from blending 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. 92-94 Pts

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2017 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 90

Cedar, oak, spice and fresh, red fruits with just a bit of soft tannin in the background, give this wine character and structure. Two or three years will be more than ample to bring out the secondary nuances and notch this up to full potential.

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2016 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 93

The wine resembles its big brother without the same level of concentration. Medium/full-bodied and loaded with fresh, chewy, bright cassis, the tannins are ripe, polished and the palate enjoys the splash of all that sweet, vibrant red fruit. Give it a few years in the cellar, if you can wait that long. This completes with several much more expensive classified growths!

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Granddad’s tobacco-scented sweater caught in a volcanic eruption of plum and syrupy black currants is the first thing you’ll sense before you align with the gentle, ready tannins and the boatloads of thirst-quenching cassis. This wine has excellent character and ample fresh fruit in the finish. From a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.55% alcohol and will be aged in 50% new French oak barrels.

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2015 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 92

Forward, generous, easy to drink charmer that is medium bodied, with a juicy, plum, cassis and olive tapenade character.

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Plum, cassis, earth and cedar chest notes create the perfume. This wine is tannic but the tannins are well-mannered, leaving a clean, fresh, spicy layer of dark, red fruits, olive tapenade, juicy cassis and a hint of oak. From a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, this wine reached 13.80% alcohol and will be aged in 50% new French oak barrels. A part of what helped make this wine so good in 2015 is the introduction of a second wine for the brand, La Petite Marquis. 91 - 93 Pts

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2014 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 92

Tobacco and forest floor notes are out in front. Medium/full bodied, with fresh, sweet, ripe red berries and spice, the acidity gives this the perfect amount of lift on the palate. The fruit is juicy, peppery and fresh, Give this 3-5 years for full maturity, or drink it young for its vibrancy.

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This wine already exhibits cedar, earth and cassis with ripe, firm tannins and a spicy, fresh, clean and crispy finish. Blending 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, this wine reached 13.85% alcohol and will be aged in 50% new French oak barrels. 90-92 Pts

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2013 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 90

There is good freshness and spice to the red fruits and herbs. The wine shows soft tannins and an elegant finish which tastes and feels good on the palate. This is not a wine to lay down. Instead, it is a wine to enjoy in its youth for its forward, youthful qualities.

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Blending 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, the wine will be aged in 50% new French, oak barrels. This forward, medium-bodied wine offers spicy, fresh red plums and cherries. This will drink well on release. 87-89 Pts

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2012 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 90

Wet earth, cedar and tobacco on the nose, with present, but manageable tannins and fresh cassis in the finish. Give this a few years to develop even more charm.

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With a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon at 92%, the rest of the blend comes from 6% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged in 40% new French oak, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. Roasted black raspberries, cedar, spice and cassis notes lead to a rich, refined mouthful of sweet blackberry and cocoa, ripe tannins and a fresh finish. 89-90 Pts

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2011 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 89

Surprisingly good, this medium bodied wine offers soft tannins, fresh black cherries, tobacco and earthy characteristics. Forward in style, the wine is already approachable.

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produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. From low yields of 27 hectoliters per hectare, the wine reached 13.6% alcohol and will be aged in 40% new oak. Ruby in color, black raspberry, floral, coffee bean and dark cherry scents are found on the nose. Sweet, ripe, fresh, juicy cassis rounds out the finish. This is quite charming. 90-91 Pts

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2010 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 92

Deep forest aromas, kirsch and blackberry scents open to a medium/full bodied with charm, elegance, balance and a long fruit filled finish. As this still sells for a fair price, it’s well worth finding some and laying it down.

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Clos du Marquis was produced from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. Interestingly, this wine represents the same portion of the harvest as Leoville Las Cases, 36.7%. Chewy, boysenberry and cassis flavors couple with powerful but tannins and a strong, fresh, cassis filled finish. 90-92 Pts

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2009 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 92

Right off the bat, this is delicious, offering a blast of sweet, ripe, juicy and fresh cassis. Medium-full bodied, there is sweetness, freshness and purity to the bright red fruits on the palate and in the nose. Drink this now with 30-60 minutes of decanting.

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Gravel, forest floor and blackberry scents lead to a rich, soft, round, fresh, cassis and black cherry filled wine. From a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, which reached 13.8% alcohol, this will give a lot of more expensive classified Bordeaux wines a run for the money in blind tastings.

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2008 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 90

08 Clos du Marquis is 55% cabernet sauvignon, 41% merlot, 3% cabernet franc, and a dollop of petit verdot. It sees 25% new oak. Its nose is of smoky black fruit and spice. The wine finishes with soft, dark berry flavors. 90-92 Pts

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2007 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 89

Fully developed, with a strong truffle and tobacco essence, the wines shows its red fruit character nicely. This is drinking at peak today. If you have a bottle, pull a cork, as it is not going to get better. The wine was made blending 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

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2006 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 89

Showing secondary notes of olive tapenade, cedar, cigar wrapper and juicy cassis, while firm in character, the wine can be enjoyed today with an hour or two of decanting.

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2005 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 91

Forest floor and cedar chest notes are easy to find. On the palate, a generous dose of ripe cassis and black cherries is young, yet approachable, due to the high quality of the tannins.

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Dark in color, tobacco, truffle, blackberry, cassis, oak and black cherry scents lead to a full bodied, concentrated wine that in any blind tasting would crush several famous Classified Bordeaux wines. Powerful, rich and intense, this round textured wine fills your mouth with layers if sweet, ripe, juicy, Cabernet Sauvignon. Give it a few more years (as it's still tight at the moment) and start drinking it in 2015 and over the 10-15 years.

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2004 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 89

Cedar wood, earth, tobacco and some cassis are found in this developed perfume. On the palate, the wine serves up soft and cassis and black cherry notes. This is drinking in the sweet spot today. It might improve, but it’s not a wine to age for decades, I’d opt to start drinking it now.

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2003 Clos du Marquis  (St. Julien) 90

Earth, cigar box, roasted berries, fennel, smoke and mushroom scents create the perfume. The wine is developed and does not require additional aging. Medium/full bodied and polished in texture, the wine ends with sweet cherries.

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