|93-95 THE WINEADVOCATE: "The 2020 Clos du Marquis is composed of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, weighing in with an alcohol of 13.57%, a pH of 3.76 and an IPT (tannins index) of 84. The Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested from the 26th to 29th of September, the Merlot from the 11th to the 16th of September and the Cabernet Franc from the 18th to the 29th of September. Deep purple-black in color, it bursts from the glass with flamboyant notes of crushed blackberries, ripe, juicy plums and blackcurrant pastilles, with suggestions of licorice, red roses and espresso. The medium-bodied palate is completely coated with perfumed black fruits, framed by firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Simply gorgeous."
18 WEINWISSER: "61 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 33 % Merlot, 6 % Cabernet Franc, Alkohol 13.57 vol%, pH 3.76, IPT 84, 45 ha --> 25 ha für den 2020er. Extrem dunkles Purpur mit schwarzer Mitte und ganz zartem rubinrotem Rand. Vielschichtiges Bouquet mit edler Cassiswürze, zartes Veilchenparfüm und Sommertrüffel, dahinter Brasiltabak und dunkles Graphit. Im konzentrierten Finale mit seidiger Textur, herrliche feinkörnige Extraktfülle, engmaschiges Tanningerüst, beeindruckende Tiefe. Im gebündelten Finale schwarzbeerige Konturen, Terroirwürze und zarte Adstringenz."
17+ JANCIS ROBINSON: "Deep, bright crimson. Attractive Cabernet nose with dark-fruit and floral notes. Smooth and luscious on attack with a depth of crunchy fruit and incredibly fine-grained tannins. ITP index a massive 84 (higher than Las Cases) but you don’t feel the tannins. Definite potential. (JL) 13.6% Drink 2027 – 2040"
92 DECANTER: "This has the most gorgeous savoury fruit edge, a brilliant Marquis with a sappy chalky quality, concentrated and intense but still keeps the St-Julien balance. 40% new oak. Drinking Window 2024 - 2036"
94-95 JAMES SUCKLING: "A tighter, more linear red with blackcurrant, olive and floral character. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a firm, racy finish. Tight. Sweet tobacco. 61% cabernet sauvignon, 6% cabernet franc and 33% merlot."
93-95 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Flowers, cassis, black raspberries, herbs and tobacco leaf on the nose. Medium-bodied, forward, juicy, soft and polished, there is energy, freshness and purity here from start to finish. The wine was made from a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc."
94-96 JEB DUNNUCK: "Pure crème de cassis, tobacco, black cherries, lead pencil, and a wonderful sense of minerality emerge from the 2020 Clos Du Marquis, and it´s medium to full-bodied, with a pure, elegant texture, plenty of ripe tannins, and the vibrant, focused, lengthy style of the vintage front and center. It´s going to need 4-6 years of bottle age, possibly more, but the balance, purity, and precision are all brilliant. The blend is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, raised in 40% new French oak. The technical information checks in with the alcohol at 13.57%, pH of 3.76, and an IPT of 84. This will be a long-lived Saint-Julien!"