(From 2005 Vintage)
Clos du Marquis's grapes actually come from a separate area of vineyards
(rather than younger or less successful vines at Léoville-Las Cases)
surrounded on all sides by other Second Growths. This is made with much more
Merlot (38%) than the Léoville-Las Cases and is very rich, with sweet,
creamy, overripe raspberries and blackberries with leather overtones. It is a
very precise wine within a beautifully integrated framework of new oak and
classy tannins. This is a cracking Claret and one of the best value wines
of the vintage.
RP95 Drink 2019-2035 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+.
only in Bordeaux!!!!!
Robert ParkerRating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/01/2009
Wine SpectatorRating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/2009
Robert ParkerRating: 93-95 - As reviewed by Robert Parker