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Clos du Marquis 2015

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Clos du Marquis has a fine blackberry and briary scented bouquet with discreet touches of graphite. The palate is simple with sharp acidity, fresh and nicely focused. The cedar and mint-tinged finish lingers in the mouth. This does not show quite as well compared to just after bottling, but it is just a matter of time. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

Very fine Clos du Marquis and very pure. The cabernet sauvignon really comes through here with extremely pretty tannins and a mineral, dark fruit aftertaste. Clear and precise. Refined.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

The 2015 Clos du Marquis is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc and it has a medium to deep garnet color. Maturing notions of cigar box, forest floor, and Chinese five spice leap from the glass, followed by a core of redcurrant jelly and plum preserves, plus a waft of leather. Medium-bodied, the palate is chewy and lively with a slight dip in the mid-palate, coming good in the end with a satisfyingly savory finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, November 2022

Tasted blind. Very light nose. Dry and austere on the palate. Almost as though it were St-Estèphe. Fruitless.
Drink 2024-2034

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019

Like next-door neighbour Latour, Léoville Lascases produces a wine that people think of as a second wine, but it isn't. Clos du Marquis is a wine of classed growth quality in its own right, produced from a vineyard on the other side of the road near to the vines of Leoville Poyferré. Lascases itself is situated in a walled vineyard alongside Latour overlooking the estuary. Clos du Marquis is the equal of most 3rd, 4th and 5th Growths and has been an outstanding performer for many years. Lascases is now producing a "proper" second wine called Le Petit Lion from their young vines and there is now a second wine of Clos du Marquis to be called "La Petite Marquise". Clos du Marquis 2015 is made from 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. The yield was 39 hl/ha and maturation is in 50% new oak. Medium ruby colour, with an open, perfumed nose of roses and violets. The palate is rounded and ripe with stewed plums and fleshy milk chocolate tannins. Creamy and smooth with a hint of exotic spice, this has classic Merlot fleshiness and richness on the long finish.

Farr Vintners, March 2016

The 2015 Clos Du Marquis is gorgeous, but one of the more backward, closed wines in the vintage. Made from 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, aged in 50% new oak, it’s deep purple color is followed by promising notes of blackcurrants, smoked earth, tobacco and lead pencil. With full-bodied richness, a ripe, concentrated, structured feel, and impressive length, I wouldn’t touch bottles for at least 7-8 years, and it should last for two decades or more. 2025 - 2045

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

Sweet and ripe on the nose the palate has depth richness cassis and black cherry backed by chocolate and coffee beans. The tannins are fine the back palate has sweet fruit yet there is freshness brightness on the finish.

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

The launch of a second wine seems to have increased the quality of Clos du Marquis, which
was already high. Savoury, sweet and well balanced, with none of the firmness the wine can
show in its youth, this has plenty of oak as well as bramble and red fruit intensity.
Drink: 2022-30

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

The removal of around 15-20% into La Petite Marquise (q.v.) has helped this wine to become finer, longer, more persistent
and also more packed with fruit. This is a very successful exercise in making two better wines from one already good
one. Clos du Marquis is a triumph in this vintage. The length is sensational and the intensity of flavour never drops off. It
is situated on classic Saint-Julien terroir (unlike Las Cases, which somehow seems more Pauillac-like) and it shows the
clear Saint-Julien flavour palette in this vintage.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016
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The 2015 Clos du Marquis is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. It has a really engaging, pretty, quite feminine bouquet with rose petal-infused redcurrant, crushed strawberry and blackcurrant fruit. The new oak (50%) is very well integrated here. The palate is well balanced with sensual ripe tannin, crushed violet infusing the darker fruit than the nose suggests: blackberry and boysenberry, touches of graphite and tar toward the nicely structured finish. This is a superb Clos du Marquis that should give two or three decades of drinking pleasure. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2042.

Neal Martin, March 2018

The 2015 Clos du Marquis is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc cropped at 39 hl/ha between 22 September and 9 October, a total of 15 days of picking. Matured in 50% new oak, it has a pure and harmonious bouquet with blackberry, sous-bois and subtle tobacco aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin in the mouth, a keen line of acidity, fine precision here with a mineral-rich finish that exudes terroir expression. This is a great Clos du Marquis from Jean-Hubert Delon and his team, a Clos du Marquis with swagger. Drink: 2020 -040.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Clos du Marquis gives up expressive notes of warm mulberries, kirsch and blackberry pie with touches of sandalwood, potpourri, anise and charcuterie. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a great core of rich, spicy fruit framed by plush tannins and finishing with an invigorating lift. Drink 2019 - 2033.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

Very dark crimson. Very fragrant and much more concentrated and rich than Petite Marquise. Cool and fresh. Really very sophisticated. Bravo! Compete and sappy. 13.8%
Drink 2023-2035

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016
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