2011 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien
The wine is all about firm structure and dense tannins. It is concentrated while hiding rich, generous fruits. It still needs to balance the structure with the fruit. For the future, it will be a rich wine full of power.
Beautifully aromatic with lots of flowers and dark fruits. Full body with chewy backbone of tannins and a racy, textured finish. It’s mineral and focused. Try in 2017.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(65% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot and 13% cabernet franc; 40% new oak): Ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of cassis, flowers and herbs. Sweet and plummy on entry, then tighter but still pliant in the middle, showing an enticing restrained sweetness to the blackcurrant, soy sauce and mocha flavors. Finishes persistent and floral, with noble tannins spreading out to saturate the palate.
This is well-packed for the vintage, with graphite and charcoal accents forming the edges, while the core sports steeped black currant, blackberry and plum fruit flavors. The long finish lets a tarry note stride in. Best from 2017 through 2027.
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc. 40% new barrels. Inky black cherry with black core. Wonderfully refined cassis fruit purity with just the slightest hint of cedar. Lovely elegance with fine fruit fragrance on the palate. Refined dry texture without any dryness. Top-class Cabernet character. Great length with finesse in the tannins to the very end. Classic St-Julien. 17.5/20 points.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Now a completely separate entity from Leoville Las Cases, Clos du Marquis is produced from Las Cases vineyards, but only from those that are outside the famous walled sector (referred to as Le Clos), which are reserved for Leoville Las Cases. The 2011 Clos du Marquis, which is meant to compete with second growths, possesses a dark ruby/plum color along with classic black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with hints of minerality and spice. This pure, medium-bodied, well-endowed beauty can be drunk over the next 10-15 years.