The 2006 Clos du Marquis evokes the usual panoply of cassis, blackberry and blueberry on the nose (but dominated by the latter fruit). Entry has a significant degree of residual oak and smoke - with silky tannin on the finish of cassis, blackberry and tar. The wine is perfect for fine foods based on beef or lamb. Will last 5-10 more years, but may not improve much beyond 2018. Elegant with good length... develops in the glass. 90 points.
External Reviews for Clos du Marquis Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien
Not surprisingly, Leoville Las Cases has produced another classic, potentially long-lived wine in 2006. Among the St.-Juliens, it, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Leoville Barton possess the potential for the greatest longevity. Interestingly, when I visited this chateau in January, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon offered me two samples, one where the cork had been pulled immediately prior to tasting, and another that had been decanted four hours earlier. Both were superb, but the wine that had had extended aeration was clearly the finer offering. The opaque purple-hued 2006- only 40% of the crop made it into the final blend- exhibits a personality that mimics the superb 1996. Classic aromas of sweet black raspberries, kirsch, cassis, and subtle toasty oak are followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine displaying moderately high tannin. This cuvee can often resemble a Pauillac wrapped in the St.-Julien appellation, and the 2006 is no exception. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, it will require significant cellaring before consumption. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035+.
WinespectatorFabulous aromas of mineral, currant and blackberry. Full and supersilky, with a long, long finish. Very fine tannins, even though there are loads of them. Long and round. Reminiscent of the excellent 1996 Las Cases, but better. Neal
Very dark in the glass, and this translates well into the intense depth of concentrated fruits on the palate. While pretty and floral on top, this is a refined, supple wine with great depth and fantastic length of palate. Like it more than the 05. Shaun Bishop. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2006 Clos du Marquis 6000ml
Offers a pure nose of crushed raspberry and violet, with aniseed. Full-bodied, with beautiful, well-integrated tannins and a long, polished texture to the finish. Very beautiful. Harmonious and structured. Best after 2015. -JS Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2006 Leoville-Las Cases 1500ml
Fabulous aromas of mineral, currant and blackberry. Full and supersilky, with a long, long finish. Very fine tannins, even though there are loads of them. Long and round. Reminiscent of the excellent 1996 Las Cases, but better. J.S. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2006 Leoville-Las Cases 6000ml
The final blend of Leoville Las Cases is 13.29% alcohol and is made up of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot and less than one percent Cabernet Franc. The wine is being aged in two-thirds new barrels. The nose shows a creamy richness and great class with a profound reserve of black fruits. In the mouth, the wine exhibits superb richness allied with a muscular tanninc frame and firm acidity. A great, classic Medoc wine. Robert Parker 93-95. Tasted from barrel April '07.