Robert Parker 90
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Clos du Marquis opens with medicinal, cherry cough syrup scents followed by a core of plum preserves and creme de cassis plus a touch of wild sage. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is coated with maturing black fruits and dried mint flavors, framed by chewy tannins and finishing with a refreshing lift.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035
Tasted blind. Deep garnet. Distinctive minty aroma and a woody (rather than oaky) scent too. Cedary and a bit leafy on the palate and very fresh if slightly lean in the middle. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2032
Deep, bright red. Inviting aromas of black cherry and sweet spices lifted by a floral nuance. Supple and fine-grained; remarkably smooth and plush for a young Clos du Marquis, with black cherry and dark berry flavors conveying a restrained sweetness and an impression of elegance. Plenty of stuffing here for mid-term aging but seamless enough to give immediate pleasure.