Just slightly overdone on the nose: blackberry, leather with a touch of cloves but still complex and engaging. The palate is medium-bodied with good fruit extraction, clean with good acidity cutting through bright blackcurrant and cassis fruits with a nice floral, elegant finish with a touch of chestnut. Good breeding. Very fine indeed. Tasted October 2007.
Shrewd consumers have been stocking up on Las Cases's second wine for many years, and why not? The 2001 Clos du Marquis tastes like a classified growth Bordeaux. Deep ruby/purple-colored, it is more open-knit and forward than its bigger sibling, exhibiting lovely cassis fruit intermixed with underbrush, earth, and subtle background oak. Enjoy this approachable 2001 over the next 10-14 years. Drink 2004-2018.
Fully evolved. Slightly rusty nails. Dense and velvety. Correct, but slightly dense on the mid palate. Drink 2010-2020.