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Clos du Marquis 2014

Label
RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Julien
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2014Clos du Marquis NewBT1 \ 012440.001292 NM1248.88888892.0092.00Clos du Marquis0.7510
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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Clos du Marquis has an attractive, perfumed bouquet with ample red berry fruit intermixed with wild heather, cedar and light brine aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very well judged acidity, very cohesive and demonstrating real structure and sophistication towards the finish. This is a sublime Clos du Marquis that should give 20 years of drinking pleasure. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2021 - 2035

92
Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018

Complex aromas of dried flowers, dark fruits such as currants and plums and then a wet-earth undertone. Wet licorice as well. Full body, firm and silky tannins and an entrancing finish. Tight and polished. Drink in 2022 but hard not to drink now.

95
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017

Tasted blind. Muted, inky nose. Then some weight of fruit in the middle before a pretty austere and green finish. More ripeness please!
Drink 2022-2030

15.5
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018

Like next-door neighbour Latour, Léoville Lascases produces a wine that people think of as a second wine, but it isn't. Clos du Marquis is a wine of classed growth quality in its own right, produced from vines on the other side of the ""enclos"" near Leoville Poyferré. Indeed, this is the equal of most 3rd, 4th and 5th Growths and has been an outstanding performer for many years. Lascases is now producing a ""proper"" second wine called Le Petit Lion from their young vines, which will re-enforce the image of Clos du Marquis as a stand-alone property. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, with 50% new oak and a yield of 33hl/ha. Deep purple. Liquorice and blackcurrant on the nose with a little coffee. There is a firm structure to the palate which has a rich black fruit character of blackcurrant and black cherry. The mid-palate adds a fine cedar and tobacco note which is livened by crisp acidity. The finish is clean and long with a cool ripeness that has a herbal edge.

90+
Farr Vintners, March 2015

The 2014 Clos Du Marquis is a gem, and certainly a match for the 2012, although the 2015 has slightly more oomph. A blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it boasts a ripe, medium to full-bodied, silky style as well as lots of chocolate, graphite, and scorched earth aromatics. With a core of crème de cassis-like fruit, impressive balance, sweet tannin, and a great finish, it should drink well for 15-20 years. 2018 - 2038

92
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

Pure and vibrant, with a lovely stream of plum, cassis and blackberry confiture notes, laced with licorice snap and violet hints. A sleek graphite detail harnesses the finish. Wins on purity in the end. Best from 2019 through 2028. 10,000 cases made.

91
James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017

Fresh on the nose and quite light on the start of the palate it does fill out in the middle richer and sweeter but the freshness is there at the back the finish quite light. 2025-36

87/91
Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

Sourced from a slightly cooler site than its stablemate, Léoville-Las-Cases, this is just below it in quality in 2014. Muscular and sinewy, with sweet, smoky oak, a mineral core, plenty of fruit and the concentration to age. Essence of Saint Julien in a very good year for the commune.

95
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015
90+
Decanter Magazine, April 2015
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The 2014 Clos du Marquis, a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, has kept that soupçon of opulence that I observed when this was in barrel; it has layers of blackberry, raspberry coulis, incense and iris emerging from the glass whilst maintaining superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry. Graphite-infused red and black fruit on the front palate whilst the back is adorned with just a hint of blue fruit that lends this a more feminine allure. There is lovely balance here, fresh and focused with a touch of graphite borrowed from over the border in Pauillac. This is an excellent Clos du Marquis that will give 20 years of pleasure. Drink Date 2019-2039

92
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

The Clos du Marquis 2014 is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc cropped at 33 hectoliter per hectare and matured in 50% new wood. Picked between 30 September and 13 October, it has a ripe, quite opulent bouquet with layers of blackberry, dark plum and incense, a touch of pencil lead with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a little pinched at the moment but it will “relax”. The alcohol level is one of the highest ever at 13.85% and yet it it counterbalanced by its freshness. In fact, the finish is quite classic in style and provides a pleasant juxtaposition with the more generous aromatics – it will be interesting to see how they develop during their élevage. Drink: 2018 - 2035

90/92
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

The purity of fruit to this young wine is impressive with currants, raspberries and black cherries. Full body, firm and chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Very serious. Structured. Fine.

92/93
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015

Discreet nose. A bit austere, as though the less ripe fruit went into here. Very sinewy and lacks flesh.
Drink 2022-2035

16.5
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2015
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