2005 Château Léoville Poyferré

Community Tasting Note

Does not like this wine:

Sunday, December 30, 2012 - I bought this at $100 for my wife for new years. after reading these notes i opened it 24 hours early. i am not encouraged. it starts out thin and acidic with almost no flavor. yes the smell is wonderful, but it is not reflected in the taste of the wine. i corked it back up and hope this improves over the next day, but i will probably buy something else i can count on more, like a good california cab. for that money i could have bought a dunn howell mountain that has never disappointed, heck for less than that i have bought 10 year old conterno barolo. more later.....

Ok we started decanting it at about 5.30 and served it 2-3 hours later (it had been uncorked 18 hours earlier). My wife said she liked it but I had trouble drinking even one glass. My wife always says she likes everything, so I used the time honored verification method, did she drink it all? No,

after one glass she was not so insistent to have another and then she asked me to choose for her from the several open bottles. At the end of the night 1/3 of it is still in the bottle, the sure sign of a mediocre wine. This is probably the most disappointing $100 wine I have ever bought.

It will be a long time before I try this again, and it would have to come down by 2/3 in price. Finally, European wines are declining in quality and increasing in price to where CA and WA wines really are better, and better values. I agree a $300- $800 french bordeaux beats a $50 CA wine, but that's about it for tonight.

Let me be very specific. All of the Williamson winery wines I received for my winter club member shipment, averaging about $40, were better than this, much better.

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  • Comment posted by KCProper:

    2/20/2013 7:24:00 PM - That's a particular 05 Bordeaux you are probably opening years too early, like many classified growths from 2005 would be at this stage. Having 2000 Haut Brion several times in 08 (the same age, comparatively), I can say a lean acidic, tobacco-laden, mineral wine may: a) Not be for everyone... b) Is maybe waiting to come around!

    By the way... I loved the Haut Brion.

    Well, I loved your detailed note; California and Washington wines too. Maybe I'm a fool to read 'thin and acidic' as delicious, but I relate to music: There is no bad genre, just bad songs. So curious now to try the 05 Poyferre; perhaps now and later.

    Again, Great post.

  • Comment posted by mathwonk:

    3/5/2013 4:26:00 PM - Wonderful! I would certainly enjoy drinking and discussing wine with you. As the honorable Peshine Smith is reputed to have said: "there are no bad whiskies - some whiskies are better than others." (or was that Faulkner?)

    to your health.

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