CLOS DU MARQUIS, Saint-Julien – Second wine of Château Leoville-Las-Cases
Clos du Marquis’ grapes come from a separate area of vineyards surrounded on all sides by other Second Growths. It is considered to be one of the finest second wines as its quality is superb.
The grapes are grown in the Petit Clos – Clos meaning an enclosed garden or field. The Marquis referred to in the name is the Marquis de Las Cases Beauvoir who inherited the Château before the French Revolution.
As Clos du Marquis hails from a separate vineyard it is really a separate cuvée – hence its ability to challenge many other châteaux of the Medoc. Indeed, this is the equal of most 3rd, 4th and 5th Growths and has been an outstanding performer for many years, offering tremendous value for money. The Petit Clos vineyard is to the south of the Leoville-Las-Cases Grand Clos vines and covers 12 acres. It is planted with 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
“One of Bordeaux’s top second wines, Clos du Marquis exhibits crunchy, juicy, red cherry and currant fruit along with notions of herbs and spice box. Well-made, medium-bodied, elegant, and reminiscent of its bigger sibling, it should age well for 10-15 years.” Wine advocate