Clos du Marquis, St Julien
Château Léoville Las Cases

Clos du Marquis, St Julien, 2005




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Clos du Marquis, St Julien, 2005


Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Clos du Marquis, St Julien, 2005

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, with an undetectable 8% of press wine added and 12 months in 25% new oak to come. Very deep ruby colour, with profound blackberry and blueberry aromas and overtones of vanilla and mint. Very meaty richness on the palate, followed by a bowlful of ripe red fruits, great smooth tannins, silky and rich in texture and a perfectly balanced finish. So much more than a second wine!

Antonio Galloni, Vinous

The 2005 Clos du Marquis is in a very attractive place today. Time has softened the tannins nicely, allowing the wine's radiant personality to really shine. Sweet tobacco, cedar, mint, dried flowers and dried cherry are all laced together in this expressive Saint-Julien. There is a bit of rusticity here, but all the elements are well balanced just the same.
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Château Léoville Las Cases

Château Léoville Las Cases

Following the death of the Marquis de Las Cases, the vast Leoville estate was split into three. The Marquis’ son Jean-Pierre took the third that is now Leoville Las Cases, the Marquis’ daughter, Jeanne’s share became what we know as Leoville Poyferre following her marriage to the Baron de Poyferre and the final third was auctioned off and purchased by Hugh Barton.

The great clos of Leoville Las Cases with its grand gates and stone lion is one of the most iconic images of the Medoc. This vast vineyard occupies the most favourable site in the northernmost corner of St Julien. The vineyard is separated from the Grand L'Enclos of Latour by a little ditch. If the 1855 Classification were to be rewritten today, Leoville Las Cases would certainly be a prime candidate for promotion.

Jean-Hubert Delon manages the estate producing wines of great stature and nobility. When Las Cases is on song, it is hard to find anything as enthralling; it is one of the great Cabernet based wines of the world. They have recently introduced a very impressive second wine, Le Petit Lion du Marquis de Las Cases. Clos de Marquis hails from plots to the west of the D2 which weren't part of the original Leoville estate. These vineyards are surrounded by three notable second growths: Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton and Pichon Lalande.

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