- Clos du Marquis
- St Julien
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2027 - 2040
- Case size
- En Primeur
Neal Martin, April 2022,
The 2021 Clos du Marquis was picked from September 24 to October 9 and matured in 50% new oak. There was just a little coulure affecting the Merlot this year. This has quite a tight nose that demands more coaxing from the glass than its peers, the blackberry, mint, juniper and pencil box aromas emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chalky tannins on the entry, and curiously Pauillac-like in style thanks to the graphite seam that runs from start to finish. Shorter than the 2019 or 2020 (as expected) but quite serious and deserving of some time in a cool, dank cellar. (13.46% alcohol) Drink 2026 - 2046
Wine Advocate, April 2022,
The 2021 Clos du Marquis is a lovely wine, offering up aromas of cherries, burning embers, dark berries, loamy soil and truffle, followed by a medium to full-bodied, layered and velvety wine that's rather deep and serious, reflecting low yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare and a blend dominated by 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 19% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc in supporting roles. Lest anyone underestimate it on the strength of the challenging vintage alone, by the numbers it contains a higher concentration of polyphenols than either the 2019 or 2020 vintages. Tasted three times.
Antonio Galloni, April 2022,
The 2021 Clos du Marquis is a dark, sumptuous Saint-Julien. Strong Cabernet inflections give the Clos du Marquis its strong aromatic presence. Crushed flowers, spice, mint, tobacco and incense all reveal themselves with some coaxing. There are some slight rough edges in the tannins, but hopefully élevage can polish those. The 2021 is a fine and promising Clos du Marquis. Drink 2029-2041
Goedhuis, April 2022,
This fine St Julien comes from an allocated parcel of vines owned by Jean-Hubert Delon adjoining Leoville Poyferré and Leoville Barton. An assemblage of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc, showing the structure of the Cabernets and a freshness of fruit in the Merlot in 2021. This wine reflects the pedigree of its location, a lovely sweetness of dark berry fruits and autumnal forest scent. In the palate the overriding sensation is of a graceful wine with elegance and harmony, but like any good orchestra it slowly builds to show a great presence and complexity. Everything is in place and masses of both quality and class.
Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
Cassis, blackberry, cigar box, cedar and spice are found in the nose and on the palate. The wine is fresh, round, forward, sharp and bright, with a cool touch of minty herbs on the backend that adds to the red fruits. The wine was made from a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc. 13.46% ABV. Drink from 2025-2039.
Matthew Jukes, April 2022,
Cabernet Franc does a great job linking Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot in this wine. It lifts the nose and allows the tannins to add crunch but no astringency to the whole experience. Classy and classic, this is a splendid Clos du Marquis, and it has a tension and juiciness ratio that I admire. The Cabernet can concentrate on providing the engine, and Merlot adds a gloss to the bodywork. With red, black and blue fruit adding to the harmony and complexity here, this is a generous and forward-drinking Clos du Marquis.
Clos du Marquis
Clos du Marquis was first created in 1904 as a "brand", a second wine to Léoville Las Cases whichwould absorb the barrels not deemed fine enough for the grand vin. Over time it became a wine inits own right and since 1989 has been produced from separate parcels which lie outside Léoville LasCases' main vineyards.
St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.