2013 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. This wine has ripe, aromatic notes of blackberry with fine, elegant tannins. An unusually high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine great structure and fresh, crisp acidity.
The 2013 Clos du Marquis is beautifully layered in the glass. Sweet tobacco, licorice, savory herbs and plums meld together in a finely-knit, graceful wine with lovely overall balance. The 2013 turns brighter and more lifted on the finish, where hints of rose petals and red berries add perfume and finesse. In 2013, the blend is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. Tasted twice.
Lots of minerality here, with iron undertones. Full body with firm tannins and a salty, citron and dark-fruit character on the finish.
Solid, with a core of plum and raspberry fruit still working to meld with the coating of roasted apple wood. The juicy finish picks up a dark currant hint and a flicker of bramble. Should fill out more during the 'élevage'.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A very good effort in 2013, this blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc was cropped at 31 hectoliters per hectare. It reveals good ripeness for this vintage along with tasty, elegant, black cherry fruit intermixed with hints of tobacco leaf and dusty, loamy undertones, and a medium-bodied mouthfeel. The tannin begins to dry out every so slightly, but this is a good St.-Julien in this tough vintage. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(73% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot and 9% cabernet franc; 3.57 g/l total acidity; 3.77 pH; 13% alcohol; 31 h/h; 50% new oak): Full, saturated ruby. Herbal and leafy notes, plus a touch of green bell pepper, along with delicate blackcurrant on the nose. Then richer and sweeter on the palate than the nose suggests, with delicate floral and red berry flavors lingering nicely. The finish is persistent but edgy, even a bit clenched today, featuring some youthfully tough, building tannins that will need a few years to soften.