2009 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien

SKU #1114484 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 A dense wine, the wood just showing at this stage through its dark tannins and superb rich fruit. The wine is ripe, with a density of tannins that go right down deep. Big and powerful.  (4/ 2012)

93 points James Suckling

 Aromas of blueberries, with hints of earth and grilled meat, follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a tangy, fresh finish. Lovely citrus rind undertones. From Leoville Las Cases. Try after 2016.  (2/ 2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Now positioned as a totally separate vineyard and a real clos (enclosed walled vineyard), this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from Jean-Hubert Delon is a beauty. Creme de cassis notes intermixed with some vanillin, crushed rock and spring flowers jump from the glass. Full-bodied and powerful (nearly 14% natural alcohol), this is a generously endowed, rich wine that was first made in 1902. The 2009 should drink well for 20-25 years. Readers need to think of it as a true classified growth, although technically it is not.  (2/ 2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This has a perfumy espresso edge to its racy red currant, briar and blackberry bush notes. Long and refined through the finish, with a pronounced minerality that should soften in a decade. Tight, but a rather elegant expression of Cabernet overall. Best from 2016 through 2024.  (3/ 2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red-ruby. Perfumed aromas of black raspberry, licorice and minerals. Sweet, rich and suave, with sound acidity and a lightly herbal character intensifying its seamless dark berry flavors. Not hugely deep or nuanced but delivers a lot of flavor and finishes with ripe, dusty tannins that will not get in the way of tasting this wine early.  (7/ 2012)

K&L Notes

*½+V Great entry. Plummy aromas and flavors. Superb length.

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/15/2013  | Send Email
Elegant and intriguing. 2009 is the 'vintage of the second wine.' This is easily one of the best.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/15/2013  | Send Email
Deep blood red, with thick mid-palate fruit. It will be one of the great values of the vintage!

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/15/2013  | Send Email
This wine was drop-dead gorgeous! A stunning wine with such purity of fruit and depth it left me speechless.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/23/2013  | Send Email
The 2009 Clos Du Marquis has the power and authority of a great vintage of Léoville Las Cases and blew me away in last Saturdays tasting. The only thing this wine is missing is maturity- and it everything is in place for this to develop perfectly for many, many years. With a fabulous, cool Cabernet Sauvignon nose and the purest Bordeaux palate impression I can recall in any 2009, this is one of the greats of the vintage. Get some and bury it at the bottom of a stack in your cellar!
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Varietal:

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.