1966 Château Léoville Poyferré

Community Tasting Note


91 Points

Monday, June 1, 2009 - Wife and I had this with dinner, a simply prepared Fillet Mignon. Lovely wine. We opened the bottle two hours before dinner and did not decant. The capsule had some slight damage and the portion of the cork I could see looked quite grungy so I had some concerns about the condition of the wine. Had a small taste after opening the bottle and while the wine had not turned but it did seem non-descript (not much nose, mouth feel, or flavors). An hour in took another small taste and began preparing dinner; at this point wine was opening up but still a little tight but the nose was starting to show the smells of it's terroir. Two hours in dinner was ready and the wine was opening up nicely, tannins were soft and dusty when paired with the steak the wine showed nicely. the wine continued to evolve over a total of five hours at times having a touch of sweetness and cherries on the initial taste, then moving on to a more dry experience with mellow tannins and a soft, pleasant mouth feel . Reminded me of why I so enjoy Bordeaux with some age on it. My perception is that the wine is in it's declining years but was a wonderful experience.

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