Robert Parker 90
A little lean out of the gates, the 1996 Clos du Marquis fleshes out in the decanter considerably, offering up aromas of cassis, loamy soil, cigar wrapper and pencil shavings, followed by a medium-bodied, fleshy palate with an ample core that’s girdled by chalky tannins and lively acids. This is a fine success.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036
Mid crimson. Mellow, fully developed nose. Clean and lively, quite delicate in terms of body. Brisk and a bit angular. Quite notable tannins still. And a bit of alcohol on the finish. Not sure about the balance of this. (second wine)
Anticipated maturity: 2006-2012
Deep ruby-red. Plum and roasted nuts on the nose. Large-scaled, vinous and deep; thick fruit is given clarity by sound acidity. Very long and subtle on the finish, with serious but harmonious tannins. An outstanding second label, as good as most classified growths from St. Julien.