Decanter: Very good, broad, spicy Cabernet fruit; discreet at first but fine and long. Good middle richness and the classic firmness of Las Cases on the finish. A separate wine, not a second label. 91 Points
Wine Spectator - "Gorgeous, with anise, plum, blackberry and sweet tobacco notes already melded together seamlessly. Fleshy and inviting through the finish, with long, velvety tannins that are the hallmark of 2015. This is a delicious wine in the making.
Barrel Sample: 91-94"
The Wine Advocate - "The 2015 Clos du Marquis is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc cropped at 39 hl/ha between 22 September and 9 October, a total of 15 days of picking. Matured in 50% new oak, it has a pure and harmonious bouquet with blackberry, sous-bois and subtle tobacco aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin in the mouth, a keen line of acidity, fine precision here with a mineral-rich finish that exudes terroir expression. This is a great Clos du Marquis from Jean-Hubert Delon and his team, a Clos du Marquis with swagger.
Barrel Sample: 91-93"
The harvest is manual. The winemaking is conducted in a wide range of wooden vats, cement or steel, sizes ranging from 40 to over 200hl, allowing to adapt to lot sizes flexibly. The wine is high transfer after twenty months in oak barrels (25% new). It is then bonded with fresh egg white before bottling. Throughout the development, everything is done by the owners and staff to achieve the highest quality wines expressing the best terroir and with sufficient capacity to age.
This wine comes from the prestigious Château Léoville-Las Cases in the Saint-Julien appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. Château Léoville-Las Cases is also the name of the red wine produced by this property. The wine produced here was classified as one of fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Léoville-Las Cases was once part of a much larger estate until the time of the French Revolution when a portion of this estate was separated into what is today Château Léoville-Barton. In 1840, the estate was again divided and land that would eventually become Château Léoville-Poyferré was split off. Since the mid 20th century the Delon family have been owners of this estate.