Clos du Marquis - Saint-Julien 2008
Created in 1902, the Clos du Marquis is an historical Médoc brand. The Clos du Marquis comes from the best terroirs of Saint-Julien, and are physically separated from those of Las Cases. Located further west and surrounded by several prestigious Second Class Growths. The Clos du Marquis thus displays typical great Saint-Julien characteristics: structure, complexity, balance, harmony, distinction and great ageing potential.
For many years, Las Cases’ second wine has been the equivalent of a classified growth in the Medoc. The 2008 Clos du Marquis may be one of the two or three finest second wines I have tasted from proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that came in at 13.5% natural alcohol, it is a pure, deep, full-bodied effort displaying classic aromas of creme de cassis, licorice, and crushed rocks. On the palate, there is a sensational black fruit character, no hard edges, and a seamless integration of all the component parts. This wine should drink beautifully for 15 or more years. 90-93 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate.
41% Merlot, 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot