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Clos du Marquis 2005

$270.00 per bottle

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"Since 1989, Clos du Marquis has been close to the quality of a third or fourth growth."

— Robert Parker

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"The Clos du Marquis, the second label of Léoville-Las Cases, was created at the end of the 19th century. This name, which has been used on a regular basis since the beginning of the last century, originates from the small "clos" (walled parcel) situated near the Château de Léoville (the residence of the late Marquis de Las-Cases).

"Clos du Marquis could be considered the precursor of the Bordeaux second wines, a movement that generally took hold in the mid to late 1980s. It has always been made from the younger vines, or 'cuvées', deemed of insufficient quality for the grand vin.

"However, with time, the Clos du Marquis has acquired an identity of its own. Today the wine emerges from well-defined terroirs situated outside the Grand Clos de Las Cases and within the Petit Clos. The selected vineyards are surrounded by those of Pichon-Lalande, Léoville Poyferré, Léoville Barton, Lagrange, and Talbot.

"Since 1989, Clos du Marquis has been close to the quality of a third or fourth growth."

— Robert Parker

James Suckling
James Suckling
93 Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberry, blackberry, mineral and liquorice follow through to a full-bodied palate. This is chewy yet silky, with a long, long finish. Balanced and powerful.Best after 2012.
Robert Parker
Robert Parker
91 The superb second wine, the 2005 Clos du Marquis, reflects the utter brilliance of the 2005 grand vin. It boasts an inky/ruby/purple colour along with a sweet perfume of lead pencil, ripe cherries and black currants, and hints of earth and vanillin. Dense, chewy, fleshy, and full-bodied, this beauty will be drinkable in 3-4 years, and should keep for 15-20.
Stephen Tanzer – International Wine Cellar
Stephen Tanzer – International Wine Cellar
90 Good full red-ruby. Superripe aromas of plum, mocha, coffee and spicy oak. Big, dry, broad and rich, with a chewy quality and noteworthy sweetness to the plummy flavour. This has more baby fat than the young 2006 but not quite as much detail or verve. Finishes quite broad, with major ripe tannins and lingering sweet fruit.
Name Clos du Marquis (2nd wine of Ch. Léoville-Las Cases)
Vintage 2005
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Saint-Julien
Classification 2nd Wine
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon
Format 750ml
Average Age of Vines 30 years old
Production 240,000 bottles
Soil Siliceous gravel with clay and limestone underlay
Winemaking 20 days fermentation concrete tanks
Ageing 20 months in oak barrels (20% new)
Food Pairings Beef; Mushrooms; Grilled Meat
Occasions Dinner Party; Dinner with friends
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 20 Years