Clos du Marquis', Saint-Julien 2008 - Bordeaux , France
92/100 James Suckling
92/100 Falstaff Magazine
91/100 Wine Enthusiast
91/100 Jeannie Cho Lee
90/100 Vinous Antonio Galloni
90/100 Neal Martin
90/100 Wine Spectator
90/100 Robert Parker
90/100 Stephen Tanzer
90/100 Jeff Leve
16.5/20 Vinum Wine Magazine
16.5/20 La Revue du Vin de France
16/20 Gault & Millau
15.5/20 Jancis Robinson
2 Stars - Le Guide Hachette des Vins
Robert Parker "For many years, Las Cases' second wine has been the equivalent of a classified growth in the Medoc. The 2008 Clos du Marquis may be one of the two or three finest second wines I have tasted from proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that came in at 13.5% natural alcohol, it is a pure, deep, full-bodied effort displaying classic aromas of creme de cassis, licorice, and crushed rocks. On the palate, there is a sensational black fruit character, no hard edges, and a seamless integration of all the component parts."
Neal Martin "The 2008 Clos du Marquis has an expressive bouquet with blackberry, briary and pencil shaving aromas that gains intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with just a light seam of greenness, although it merely adds freshness and asserts its classicism. I find this fresh and balanced, sporting just the right amount of dryness on the cassis-driven finish that balanced with the fruit, lending it a “breezy” and unassuming character that suits it down to the ground."
James Suckling "A layered and minerally wine, with currants and berries. Medium to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a fruity finish."
Jancis Robinson "Dark purplish crimson... Rather luscious with good texture and polish. Reasonably forward but with good structure."
Stephen Tanzer "Good dark red. Bitter cherry, fresh bay, sage and coffee on the nose, with a floral element emerging in the glass. Supple and nicely concentrated, with attractive mid-palate sweetness and a seamless texture for the year. This rather silky Saint-Julien finishes with a good floral lift."
Wine Enthusiast "The second wine of Léoville las-Cases is big and hearty. The fruits are solid, ripe and well balanced, with red fruits that give sweetness."
Wine Spectator "Ripe and refined, with pure, driven plum, raspberry and black cherry fruit and sleek structure. Flickers of charcoal, roasted cedar and tobacco hang in the background. Should age nicely."
The 2008 Clos du Marquis is an interesting blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot produced in the prestigious Saint-Julien appellation.
Château Léoville Poyferré is an estate in the Saint-Julien appellation of the Médoc. It was rated the second growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification and was traditionally the softest of the three Léovilles. However, in the last few decades, the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wine has gained weight and density.
Saint-Julien is a small but important red wine appellation of the Haut-Médoc district on the Left Bank of Bordeaux in south-western France. Its reputation is based on its status as a reliable source of consistently elegant, age-worthy wines. Sandwiched between the more famous appellations of Pauillac and Margaux, Saint-Julien is sometimes unfairly overlooked because it does not have a first growth chateau in the 1855 Bordeaux classification.
Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. Its three trump cards are diversity, quality and quantity. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90 per cent of production volume) are the dry, medium- and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that established its reputation. The finest (and most expensive) of these come from the great châteaux of the Haut-Médoc and the Right Bank appellations Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. The legendary reds are complemented by high-quality white wines, both dry styles (particularly from Pessac-Léognan) and the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.
A Bordeaux Blend is any combination of those grape varieties typically used to make the red wines of Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon is widely accepted as a compulsory component of any Bordeaux Blend along with Merlot. In fact, the majority of Bordeaux Blend wines are often made exclusively from a blend of these two varieties. The remaining components are Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.