The nose is a little reticent to begin, but with just a little coaxing, it soon opens out to show off impressively flamboyant notes of blackberry preserves, baked plums and blackcurrant pastilles with suggestions of cinnamon toast, Darjeeling tea, licorice and camphor plus a hint of wilted roses.
Crushed blackcurrants, blackberries and some tar. Full-bodied and focused with lots of fruit, yet the tannins are tight and polished. Sweet tobacco and fresh mushrooms.
On the terroir further West, in the heart of the Saint-Julien appellation, the end of winter was relatively mild, followed by a cool spring. Summer conditions were dry and hot without too much excess. On a more homogenous soil, rich in clay over a whole area, the vines benefited from good hydric stress relayed by good thermal amplitudes before the harvest, for optimal ripening and maintained acidity.
The Clos du Marquis is powerful and elegant, with a more classically Saint-Julien expression. The ripe fruit and the finesse of the grapes are confirmed on the palate with volume and precision. A great fine and noble wine.
Bright and vivid, a deep purple-black color.