2003 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien (1.5L)
This is a mouthful, with loads of fruit and truffle character. Exotic and wild, but starting to close. Give this five years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In 2003, this was the second wine of Leoville Las Cases as opposed to a separate entity. A brilliant effort, it was harvested between September 11 and 26, and boasts 13.3% natural alcohol. The final blend was 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot. Its deep garnet/ruby/plum color is followed by notes of bay leaf, black currants, licorice and lead pencil shavings. The wine is deep, full-bodied, rich and fully mature, but its length, richness, freshness and complete feel suggest it will continue to drink well for 7-8 years. It’s a beauty. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good ruby-red. Roasted plum, currant and leather on the nose. Thick, rich and deep, with uncanny sweetness and mouth coverage for this bottling. Finishes very long, with a suggestion of dried fruits and big tannins that are even sweeter than those of the 2005....(ST)
Very pretty aromas of blackberry, currant and licorice. Full-bodied, with velvety, round tannins and lots of attractive vanilla and berry flavors. Long. Best after 2009.
Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index’s “10-Year On” tasting in London. The Clos du Marquis 2003 has a ripe bouquet of damson, clove and bay leaf that is well defined, almost Pauillac in style. It improves in the glass with touches of marmalade coming through. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, good acidity and a fine, quite exotic marmalade tinged finish that fans out nicely across the mouth. I cannot see it improving, but it offers pleasure now. Tasted March 2013." (Wine Advocate, 5/2013)