An intense and majestic wine from Saint-Julien
Harvested between September 30th and October 19th, the Cabernets (73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc) and Merlots (24%) that form Clos du Marquis 2016 provide this emblematic other wine of Château Léoville-Las-Cases with a fruity likeability while maintaining body and power on the palate.
On the nose, Clos du Marquis 2016 expresses intense notes of black fruits (black cherries) and balsamic cedar fragrances. The palate entry is dynamic with a beautiful acidity, and develops on the mid-palate a powerful, structured character with elegance and tone. The wine impresses with its precision to the point of giving an impression of gustative tension. Tannin is present here, though hidden. The wine is a piece of art. A Clos du Marquis with amazing power and balance, a Saint-Julien showing great ageing capacity. Superb!
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Clos du Marquis was picked from 30 September to 19 October and consists of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, matured in 55% new oak. Yields came in at 40 hectoliters per hectare and the alcohol at 13.55%. The bouquet is very intense at the moment with small black cherries, incense, iris and a touch of shucked oyster shells. The palate is beautiful, perhaps one of the most powerful that I came across in Saint Julien, certainly no shy retiring flower, yet it effortlessly manages to retain the precision and tension one expects from this cru. There is a firm back bone here, but the tannins are so precise that you barely notice, while the aftertaste has superb salinity. This is a majestic Clos du Marquis, but it will require several years in the cellar.