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Chateau Leoville-Las Cases 'Clos du Marquis', Saint-Julien 2009

Château Léoville-Las Cases is a winery in the Saint-Julien appellation, classified Second (2ème) Growth in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Owned by the Delon family.

First bottled in 1902, Clos du Marquis is often thought of as the second wine of the estate, but in fact this is seen as incorrect due to fruit being sourced from separate areas of the estate. The chateau itself indeed prefer to think of it as its own, unique Saint Julien wine/brand.

In 2007 Leoville-Las Cases did introduce a second wine which is known as Le Petit Lion de Marquis de Las Cases. To perhaps confuse matters further, as of 2005 Clos du Marquis has its own second wine, La Petite Marquise!

The vineyards used for Clos du Marquis are of excellent quality, surrounded by prestigious Classified Growths, including Léoville Poyferré, Léoville Barton, Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande.

The cuvee is a blend of roughly 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

The 2009 has an inviting and complex nose of blackberries and crème de cassis with cigar box, graphite, liquorice and dried herbs. This follows to the palette which is firmly structured yet rich. Framed by fine tannins on a concentrated long finish.

Drink now with decantation or hold for further ageing of up to 10 years.

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