2006 Clos du Marquis (Saint-Julien)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $48.94 (reg. $64.94)
Today we’ve got a tiny parcel of 2006 Clos du Marquis at the best price around, and it's a terrific alternative to some of the more celebrated – and expensive – classified growths of Bordeaux. As Parker has noted in the past, "the quality level of the second wine of Leoville-Las Cases is unquestionably better than some of Bordeaux's famed 1855 classification's second and third growths."
Though “Clos de Marquis has always been a reference point for excellent second wines," per Parker, it “is not a true second wine in the sense that it is not made from Las Cases’ discarded cuvees.” Rather, the clos from which the vines come is a separate entity, surrounded by parts of Léoville Barton and Léoville Poyferré, with Pauillac’s Pichon Lalande to the north. Whatever the designation though, Clos du Marquis is the real deal, possessing “many of the characteristics of its more renowned sibling” and comfortably hanging in classified growth territory.
With just over a decade under its belt, the 2006 Clos du Marquis should be a no-brainer for anyone with a penchant for the Saint-Julien style and an eye for a bargain. Parker has called Clos du Marquis “a shrewd consumer’s purchase for almost two decades" and this vintage will back that claim up, as it “exhibits a character similar to the grand vin” for about a quarter of the price. Ready to drink now though with another decade or more ahead, we have a few cases in stock and Bordeaux enthusiasts are encouraged to act fast before it’s gone. Cheers!