Clos du Marquis, St Julien
Château Léoville Las Cases

Clos du Marquis, St Julien, 2007




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Clos du Marquis, St Julien, 2007


Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Clos du Marquis, St Julien, 2007

Lighter on the nose than the Grand Vin, focussing on currants and lighter notes. A refreshing wine which grows in weight on the palate, expanding to considerable stature. Pure, ripe dark berry fruit, silky tannins, minerals and lively acidity ensure plenty of freshness, toasty oak hints (despite a modest 25% of new barrels), leaves the palate invigorated.

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

(13.3% alcohol; a blend of 58% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot) Good medium ruby. Blackberry, black cherry, licorice and camphor on the nose. Suave on entry, then a bit strict in the middle for a 2007, with real firmness to its black fruit and violet flavors. A moderately dense wine with a medicinal reserve. Finishes with firm, building tannins.
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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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