Clos du Marquis Saint-Julien
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117 Ratings
Clos du Marquis Saint-Julien

Winemaker's Notes

(From 1970 Vintage) 2ème Cru Classé

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    RPJ98+ Drink 2018-2060 The 2009 Leoville Las Cases may be the most open-knit and forward Las Cases I have tasted to date. Analytically, it is high in tannin and the alcohol is 13.8%, nearly a record at this estate. This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc was showing brilliantly at the 2009 tasting I did in Hong Kong and at a later tasting. It boasts an inky/purple color, monumental concentration and lots of sweet, jammy black currant, black cherry and kirsch fruit intermixed with crushed rock and mineral notes. As always, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon has built a massive wine with exceptional precision, unbelievable purity and aging potential of 40-50 years. I was surprised by the lusciousness of this cuvee on several occasions, and how much more forward it is given the fact that Las Cases can often be forebodingly backward and in need of 10-15 years of cellaring (at age 30, the 1982 is still a baby in terms of development!). The super-concentrated 2009 needs another 5-7 years before additional nuances emerge. This is a brilliant, full-throttle St.-Julien.

    over 1 year
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  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/25/2012
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/11/2012
  • Robert Parker
    Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2010