The Clos du Marquis is a rather excellent wine from the Domaines Delon in Bordeaux, whose stable includes esteemed second growth Château Leoville Las Cases and its second wine, Le Petit Lion de Marquis de Las Cases. The vineyards for this wine come from the Saint-Julien appellation on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, and are surrounded by Léoville Poyferré, Léoville Barton and Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. To further set the scene, the 1996 vintage is regarded as an exceptional year by the estate. Unfortunately, particularly after this longish introduction you might say, I am sorry to report that the first bottle proved to be comprehensively corked. The good news however was that there was more. The second bottle was outstanding and in its drinking prime. The ’96 Clos du Marquis has aromatics of blackcurrant and cigar box and is unmistakably Saint-Julien in style. The palate has long length verging on opulent. Saint-Julien is really growing on me of late, and may soon rival my fondness for Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe, Margaux and, well, most of the rest of the region.
Rating: Very Good to Outstanding
Abv: Not Recorded
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