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2012 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien

SKU #1187320 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark *** Cellar Selection *** Firm and tannic, this dark berry-flavored wine comes from a specific parcel in the Léoville las Cases vineyard. It's full of tannins and structure, firm and concentrated. At the end, both tannins and tight black currants promise aging. Drink from 2020. (RV) Inner quote mark (5/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted blind at the Bordeaux 2012 Southwold tasting. The 2012 Clos du Marquis has a very intense bouquet, the more fruit-driven of all the Saint Julien 2012s with layers of black cherries and cranberry fruit, an undercurrent of autumn leaves and cigar box. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition: smooth and very harmonious, quite intense on the entry and yet without that long sustain on the finish. That does not matter too much, because what comes before is very precise and pure, the class of the terroir evident from start to finish. (NM) Inner quote mark (10/2016)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Dense colour, floral richness and density from 92% Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, very fine St-Julien. Inner quote mark (4/2013)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (2/2015)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2012 Clos du Marquis is quite powerful in this vintage, with a larger amount of Cabernet Sauvignon than is the norm. There is good depth and persistence throughout, even if the 2012 is a bit lacking in excitement that could have taken it up another notch or two. The 2012 is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. This is a solid effort from Jean-Hubert Delon's Clos du Marquis, the sister Saint-Julien property to Léoville-Las-Cases. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2015)

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