CLOS DU MARQUIS
2004 du Château Léoville Las Cases Saint Julien
|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot|
The initial impression is of a very strong sweet oakiness - rather new world in style. But the volume is there underneath and the dense fruit character of the wine shrugs off this coating and powers on with smooth dry Cabernet cassis and cherry on the finish. Massive. I like this but wish it had a bit more ‘cut’. Rating: 88 L&S (Apr 2005)
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Deep red. Aromas of cherry, espresso and mellow smoky oak. Round but on the dry side, showing less flavor intensity in the middle than the 2006. A wine of moderate ripeness and punch. Today the tannins cut off the wine's fruit. Perhaps in an awkward stage. (May/June 2007) Rating: 88-88 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)
Dark, bright purple. Very floral, aromatic, supple and rather gorgeous. Sophisticated - acidity a bit pronounced - but good density of ripe fruit, suggestion of bitumen but nothing exaggerated. Lots of relatively supple fruit for a (second) wine from the Delon/Las Cases stable. Very well integrated tannins. Drink 2010-16 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2005)
Lots of blackberry character with hints of toasted oak and earth. Full-bodied, with chunky yet velvety tannins and a medium finish. Very well done. Almost 92-94. Rating: 89-91 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2005)
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