1997 Château Léoville Poyferré

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Community Tasting Notes (27) Avg Score: 88.5 points

  • Great Bordeaux nose with blackberry, blueberry and some herbs. Subtle palate; not that thick but with good balance and acidity. Good effort for the vintage.

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  • Robe rubis foncé qui montre à peine des signes de vieillissement. Premier nez de cuir. Les fruits noirs se développent avec le temps et on y ajoute le tabac et finalement la cerise. En bouche le vin offre encore un fruit respectable même si celui-ci est clairement en déclin. Les fruits noirs, l'anis, et la cerise se fondent dans un caractère terreux. Les tannins sont fins et l'ensemble est relativement harmonieux. Après une heure, on commence à y déceler une toute petite touche de poivron. La finale est de moyenne à longue. Un St-Julien qui vieillit en finesse à défaut d'avoir la structure pour tenir le coup plus d'une quinzaine d'années.

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  • DRC Tasting Group: Bordeaux Night (Wild Ginger, Seattle, WA): Tasted blind. Subtle nose with notes of methol, rose petal, and spice. Big and extracted, the full body is quite elegant and earthy. Finishes with medium+ length and fine tannins.

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  • I was prepared for disappointment but I enjoyed this wine with a simple, slow dinner. A bit flat and musty with a bell pepper theme at first, it opened up to include some sour fruit notes, a structure of some sort and a satisfying earthy finish. I don't see how it could get better, and I don.t know if it was ever that good, but I'd enjoy it now for what it's worth.

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  • intense red; good nose; rather green and tannic on the palate, little fruit; drink now; decanted one hour before serving

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  • This is a solid, proper bottle of claret. Classic, classy, tobacco, and dust on the nose. Tannic and somewhat dry on the palate. I think the fruit has clearly lost the battle, yet this has considerable freshness and purity, a classic expression of Cabernet. Mineral, cherry, rocks, and fading notes of blood. This has none of the weight of a great vintage of Poyferré, but it is solid, clean, proper. Quite enjoyable.

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  • Cork in good condition, no leakage or off-smells. Quite a dark colour and a little murky in the glass. Nose is cedar, dark fruits, leather, quite a strong impression of farmyard. Taste is complex, leathery, sweaty, aniseed, spicy fruit compote, tannins have almost gone now, it is very smooth to taste. Actually it is delightful to sip it and reveal the different flavours. The only negative point would be it is slightly short. Nice surprise for me as I thought it might have faded by now, but it was still alive although I wouldn't leave it much longer, this was my last one.

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  • Opened three hours in advance, decanted just before serving. Wise move. first glass still had some of the animal/leather and tar, very nice, and tannins had faded. Second was ripe fruit, cassis, and a long finish, slightly bitter at the end. By the third glass it was all over. It will keep for a couple more years if well cellared, but heading to the finish line.

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  • Very good. Very delicious, if just a tad bit herbally/cedary. Very much reflective of the vintage. Quite complex though. Last tasted early 2002.

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  • intense red; fruity nose; initially somewhat dominant acids but balances very well over time; should keep well for some more years

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  • Quite surprising. Dark purple, elegant perfume on the nose of cassis, anise, mint, full flavor on the palate, smooth, silky tannins, balance and freshness. Not over the hill by any means. Still years left.

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  • I realise that 1997 was a so-called bad year in Bordeaux but the ones I have tasted are drinking really well. This is no exception. My first Poyferre which leaves me looking forward to my 2001's and 2004's. This is a lovely evolved brick-red St Julien which after 1 hour decant was showing a typical Bordeaux nose of cedar, cigar-box and soft red-fruits which are just starting to dry. There is also hedge-row and earth in the mix. On the palate this is developed and mildly sweet with a lovely blackcurrant and rose-hip flavour with a slighlty herbal character. The only slight critisism is that it is a little light on the mid-palate (a feature of the vintage) but this ony detracts a little from the enjoyment. Wish I had some good steak or lamb cutlets to try this with as it would be a great food wine. Got this from Berry Bros. for under £30 and will be checking if they have some more!!.....anyway, more than half a bottle left to savour!!!

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  • Medium/deep ruby, medium garnet rim. Medium intense spicy red-toned fruit, slight underlying creaminess and also some stalky notes. Overall an attractive if not particularly deep nose. Similar flavours on the palate, moderate tanins, fresh acidity, a little on the lean side but none the worse for it, some nice pure red fruit and vestiges of tannin on the good length finish. The best bottle so far, and unfortunately my last, a decent, drinakble, fresh 97 - now til at least 2011/12.

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  • Mmm, for a weak vintage of Poyferre this delivers quite nicely. Beautiful notes of tobacco followed by firm Cabernet personality, some olive, lean black cherry and then finishing out with mineral. Not at all rich like the 1982, 1990, 1996 or 2000 but just wonderfully drinkable right now.

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  • Good bargain on nice, but undistinguished bdx.

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  • Maybe a little pass its prime flat....

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  • This screamed cassis and black olive. As it opened, there was a smoked meat note, wet tobacco, graphite and a hint of green pepper that added complexity. On the palate, this was a softer wine with tannins fully resolved. Blind, many felt there was a high merlot component due to the softness, but this may be a product of the vintage. Very good example of what a good maker can do in a less than ideal vintage. Drink now as this is at peak.

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  • I liked this quite a bit, and ithad more substance than many of the 1997 Bordeaux reds that I've had this year. This is absolutely ready to drink.

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  • Not expecting much, and under the impression that good cooks need to be rewarded along the way, I served it to my wife and I while we were preparing Christmas eve dinner in the kitchen in the afternoon, her sipping away while cracking walnuts for a stuffing, and me taking "poyferre breaks" at different stages of preparation of a goose and a gratin. You probably know the end of the story: By the time the dinner was finished, no more poyferre. The dinner wine that followed (better year, better rating) was a disappointment by comparison--the cook's had drunk away the best beforehand. Given that 1997 was definitely and off-year for Bordeaux, I was rather surprised at how good this bottle was, and how far it had evolved. The color was thick purple-lilac with a ruby shimmer, and had a very strong nose of red currant, black cherrries, cassis, and black berries. On the palate, alot of melted licorice and truffels, but not as much thickness and concentration as other years; the tannins are nevertheless hewy, and the end has alot of power, with a somewhat bitter last note. A classic, and one of the best 1997s I have tasted., although the 1998 should be better. Drink now. Decanted for 6 hours beforehand. Large sediment particles in the bottle.

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  • No formal note. Slightly funky nose with undergrowth, spice and some underlying red berry fruit. Mature tannins on palate, red berry, sous-bois and slight stalkiness (?) on medium intense palate, with a reasonable length finish. Drink now and over next couple of years.

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  • No notes, too drunk to remember.

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  • Medium/deep ruby core, medium pale garnet rim. Very mature nose with fairly intense aromas of smoky, leafy undergrowth with game and spice notes and, just discernible, some underlying red berry fruit. A medium bodied wine with medium, dense knit tannins and medium + acidity. The palate is certainly well developed too, although there is more red berry (strawberry if anything) fruit than on the nose as well as leafy undergrowth and some pencil lead notes. It's all capped off by a decent length savoury finish with some drying tannins.

    Overall an enjoyable, mature claret for drinking now and over the next year or two.

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  • Medium/deep ruby core, medium pale garnet/brick red rim.
    Medium + intensity, well developed nose of cedar, pencil lead and spice with underlying strawberry and bilberry fruit.
    On the palate this has medium, fully resolved tannins and medium/medium + acidity. There is reasonable, but not exceptional depth on the mid-palate, with mellow cedar, spice and strawberry flavours, and savoury notes emerging on a decent length finish with nice, fresh acidity. This is good, classic claret, drinking very well now. Unlikely to improve, one for drinking up over the next couple of years. 87-88

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  • This is the label that first got me interested in bordeaux's a few years ago. This one was a bit off with some definite mineral taste, but still good. Opened for Annika's 3rd b-day party.

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  • Served with seared Ahi, watercress, balsamic-caramelized red onions and white rice.

    This is clearly Poyferré. The nose is a little bit horsey, but it also shows gravel, charcoal and red fruit. The palate is juicy and a bit tart with bright, red fruit, loads of minerality and a leathery texture. Mmm, I just love the gravel here, and it is so reminiscent of the 1999 and 2000 Poyferre. The finish is sweet with slightly chalky, drying tannins, plenty of grip left to resolve, perhaps a bit more than the available fruit. By comparison to the aforementioned vintages, this is a bit thin with a hint of astringency, but at less than $30 a bottle this is a steal and a great wine for a weeknight. Yum! I'm very glad to have two more.

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  • A good food wine. Nice showing for an off vintage, and a good value.

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  • Steaks, Cab, and Friends (Issaquah, WA): The nose had good minerality, some horse and a touch of cocoa. The palate showed some green but still had some sweet red fruit. Overall this wine was simple but ready to drink.

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