2013 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1158955 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (4/ 2014)

89-91 points Antonio Galloni

 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.  (4/ 2014)

89-90 points James Suckling

 Lots of minerality here, with iron undertones. Full body with firm tannins and a salty, citron and dark-fruit character on the finish.  (4/ 2014)

87-90 points Wine Spectator

 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'.  (4/ 2014)

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.  (6/ 2014)

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/13/2014  | Send Email
* Presumed the second wine for decades, Leoville Las Cases now prefers to have Clos du Marquis known by its own identity as it is the separate parcel across the D2 road. In any case, it has been one of the greatest top quality value wines in Bordeaux for decades and I own many vintages. A bit more forward and softer than Las Cases but has deep sweet fruit with hints of mulberry, nice round tannins, very good wine.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5