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Clos du Marquis 2011

Dense and deeply coloured with a tight garnet rim, this wine is structured(good acidities, fine tannins, medium-bodied from 13.5% ABV) and well fruited(blackcurrants, plums, oranges, spices, certain freshness, and lemony finish). 60% used oak. There are tones of chocolate, cigar box, autumn leaves, tobacco and graphite. Like 2012, 2011 does not give excitement and surprises but is four square with solid character. 2011 is slightly more structured, though. The 92% Cabernet Sauvignon gives certain rigidity, with a mere 6% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc on the conditioning. Not bad as a second wine- lots of mileage. Still enjoyable.

Scores are good, for example, 94 Tim Atkins, also 93WE.


The wine is all about firm structure and dense tannins. It is concentrated while hiding rich, generous fruits. It still needs to balance the structure with the fruit. In the future, it will be a rich wine full of power. Edited.


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