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Chateau Leoville Las Cases

Clos du Marquis St Julien 2016 (Half Bottle)

Bordeaux Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 375ml
  • Vintage: 2016
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Origin: St Julien/ Bordeaux / France
  • Grapes: Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon

Description

Château Léoville Las Cases is a 2nd growth, and one of the oldest classified growths in the Médoc. It is the largest of the 3 Léoville properties and now without doubt the leading estate in St-Julien. Léoville Las Cases's 97 hectares of vineyards are superbly sited on gravelly-clay soils with the largest plot being surrounded by a stone wall and stretching between the village of St-Julien and Château Latour. The wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend (65%), and is matured in oak barriques (70-80% new) for 18 months.

Léoville Las Cases produces arguably the most exotically perfumed wine in the Médoc and this can be partially attributed to the must being fermented at lower than average temperatures, which leads to its youthful aromatic richness being retained. On the palate it is powerful and concentrated and marvellously well-balanced.

Clos du Marquis is the 2nd wine of Léoville Las Cases and its 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.

'Blended of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Clos du Marquis has a very deep garnet-purple color and is a little broody to begin, giving way to notes of crushed blackcurrants and black cherries with touches of warm plums, pencil shavings, earth and new leather with a waft of yeast extract. Medium-bodied with a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins, it has bold fruit matched by freshness, finishing long and mineral laced.' 94pts Lisa-Perotti Brown, robertparker.com. drink from 2021-2038

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