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1997 CLOS du MARQUIS / St Julien

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closed 16/05/2019, 01:13 PM

Lot size: 1 bottle of 750 ml each Wine type: Red, 1997 vintage
Tax status: Duty PaidQuestion Mark Origin: Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Fill level: Into Neck (IN)Question Mark Grape variety: Bordeaux Blend

A very good example of this Saint-Julien under the ownership of Léoville Las Cases. Complete label, level high in the neck and an embossed capsule covering a firm cork.

Score: 87/89 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (116), April 1998
It possesses many of the characteristics of its more renowned sibling. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 1997 is seductive, open-knit, and evolved. The colour is a healthy dark ruby/purple, and the wine offers plenty of pure, oak-tinged, black cherry and cassis fruit, elegant, silky-textured flavours, and admirable fat and depth on the mid-palate. Readers will find the low acid/high Ph texture captivating. This wine should drink well for the next decade.
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I have always been confused about this label. Is it, or is it not a second wine as many describe it? Well, it aint!
I wrote to Yorick Dalton, an administrator of the two and he explains...

Bonjour Richard
CdM est définitivement un autre vin de la propriété, produit sur un terroir très différent (sable graveleux , type Poyferré ou Talbot); il aussi son second vin, La Petite Marquise. Las Cases reste le vin sur le terroir exceptionnel de graves plus ou moins profondes sur des couches calcaires , un vrai millefeuille en pente douce vers le fleuve; le second est Le Petit Lion.
Donc, retenez qu’il y a 2 grands vins parce que 2 terroirs différents ; CdM n’est plus depuis longtemps le second vin de LLC.

In other words, English words...
Clos du Marquis is definitively another wine from the property with a different soil (sand and gravel as per Talbot and L. Poyferré). It too has a second wine - 'La Petite Marquise'. Las Cases covers an exceptional terroir of gravel of differing depths intermingled with layers of chalk, a veritable 'millefeuille' leading down to the river. LLC has a second wine - Le Petit Lion. So, remember there are 2 Grands Vins on 2 differing soils and 2 second wines and that Clos du M has not been a second wine for a long time.

There you have it - horse's mouth.

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Payment methods: bank transfer
Returns policy: None
The wine can be collected: From postcode BA22, Somerset, United Kingdom
Shipping Method: Via PARCELFORCE 48h, single bottles via Royal Mail. All packed in 'mail safe' special boxes by The Wine Box Co.
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Cost of delivery: 1 bottle £12, 2 bottles £14, 3-12 bottles £16 & 13-24 bottles £20 to mainland Britain. Elsewhere, please ask for a quote.
Delivers to UK and Singapore
Other countries delivered to: Worldwide, but not USA, all too complicated...
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