2012 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien
*Cellar Selection* Made from grapes grown in a specific parcel in the Léoville Las Cases vineyard, Clos du Marquis is a ripe wine that's also promises seriously good aging. Tannins and structure dominate the black fruits and acidity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The wine is pure with lots of creme de cassis, crushed rock and vanillin characteristics in its long, medium to full-bodied personality. Given the fact that this vineyard was once part of the larger Leoville Las Cases estate, it is no surprise that it is similar to its more famous as well as more expensive cousin. A brilliant effort from Jean-Hubert Delon, Clos du Marquis is now an entirely separate estate from Leoville Las Cases and its second wine, Le Petit Lion. The outstanding 2012 Clos du Marquis is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc and came in at 13.5% natural alcohol. About 50% new oak is used. (RP)
Dense colour, floral richness and density from 92% Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, very fine St-Julien.
This is a soulful Clos du Marquis with currants, blackberries and hints of earth. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. A fascinating earthy undertone.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Aromas of fresh blackcurrant, spicy minerals and violet. Then sweeter in the mouth, with an element of sweet spices complicating raspberry and cassis flavors. Harmonious acidity and silky, persistent tannins are the hallmark of yet another great wine from Jean-Hubert Delon in 2012. It's also a unique version of Clos du Marquis with this much Cabernet Sauvignon, though ever since the creation of LLC's true second wine, Le Petit Lion (which now gets most of the estate's lesser Merlot fruit), the Cabernet Sauvignon percentage has steadily increased in Clos du Marquis.
A textbook St.-Julien, with a core of plum sauce and blackberry paste framed with roasted apple wood and backed by a solid graphite spine. Has the lightly chewy edge of the vintage, but offers good, pure fruit for balance.