Clos du Marquis was created in 1902. The vineyard was named after Petit Clos (small walled land) directly adjacent to Marquis de Las Cases’ residence: Château de Léoville. Born on the greatest terroirs of the Saint-Julien appellation, the 2012 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (majority of the blend), Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
The wine is pure, and reveals lovely aromas including blackcurrant liqueur (creme de cassis), crushed rock, and vanilla. The 2012 Clos du Marquis is a great success, complete, harmonious, and very distinguished. Truly one of the best classics from Medoc!
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted blind at the Bordeaux 2012 Southwold tasting. The 2012 Clos du Marquis has a very intense bouquet, the more fruit-driven of all the Saint Julien 2012s with layers of black cherries and cranberry fruit, an undercurrent of autumn leaves and cigar box. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition: smooth and very harmonious, quite intense on the entry and yet without that long sustain on the finish. That does not matter too much, because what comes before is very precise and pure, the class of the terroir evident from start to finish. Tasted January 2016.