Slightly muted nose, cassis, leather, oak and vanilla. very good length. Still quite tannic. I wonder if there's enough fruit to see the tannin out in the long run. I guess it will peak in a couple of years.
Opened, poured one glass. It wasn't great. Re-corked and set aside for 24 hours. Now it's where it needs to be! Earthy, cassis-rich nose, leather too. Palate of blackberry, old leather/tobacco, dry leaves, smoke. Very soft tannins.
Decanted two hours. Open for business and ready to serve the soft and supple tannins escort this medium body and subtly rounded elegant deep lavender purple lady to your loving memory from first sip to lasting finish. Sweet plum, currant, cassis and blackberry, the roasted coffee and chocolate merge with the cedar and licorice to offer a delicious experience, one that you would like to repeat.
Nice showing again here...this is concentrated, ample and quite tannic presently but still approachable...will age in beauty. Nose has anis, earth, coffee and some cedar. The palate shows lots of black fruit and grippy tannins, nice long chocolaty finish.
Weihnachtsfeier im Januar (Zürich): Noch sehr kantig... das wird ein wunderschöner Wein, nur ist er heute in einer jugendlichen Trotzphase und gibt sich bockig... ist trotzdem interessant zu trinken, eigentlich nicht verschlossen weil er doch sehr viel preisgibt, aber eben etwas säurelastig, scharfe Tannine, bockig eben... heute 92 mit viel Luft nach oben für die Reife!
Beau Bordeaux de style classique. Un beau nez de fruits rouges, de tabac et d`anis. En bouche, Assez corsé et tannique en ce moment. Des saveurs de mures, de cerises et graphite avec des relents de café en fin de bouche. Long et persistant, en a encore pas mal sous la pédale.
What it lacks a little in aromatics this wine more than makes up for in balance, body, softness yet structured and excellent length. Has come a long way since tasted at the wine society in early 2010 when I noted searing tannins, hard to judge, big, could be good, clean. Glad I waited to drink the first bottle as this is one for the long haul. Leather and tobacco. Decant carefully.
At Poyferre tasting. Rather dark purple color with a tiny hint of brown. Only opened half an hour before tasting. Aroma was relatively mature but more muted compared to younger wines tasted. Simply smelled more in balance and ready. Relatively fruity on palate with dark cherry, leather. very smooth with tannins pretty well integrated. Oak is subdued. Drinking pretty well right now but will improve.
Opened an hour before serving, no decant. Very pleasant nose of saddle leather. Drinking well now, elegant, but expect this to improve from here and has potential to add a point of two. As a side not tasted the 2nd wine Pavillon de Poyferre 2009 after this which has gotten very good reviews on Celler tracker, so I was curious to match this 2nd wine of the best vinatage with the first wine from a less perfect vintage. Clearly the 2nd wine did not have the depth and was a step down in both nose and taste.
I should have read my previous nites before opening this, as it does need more time. But, it is starting to open up. A half hour after bottle opening it starts to display a lovely, creamy note amongst fleshy, leather and dark fruit notes. This shows some clear pedigree. 93+pts.
Tasted blind alongside a 2003 Cos d'Estournel, 2005 Clos du Marquis among others. Dark garnet turning violet at the rim with a soft, delicate nose of rose petals, dark red berries, earth and leather. The palate is medium-to-full bodied, vibrant in acidity with a silky texture. Flavors of dark cherry, plum, tobacco, espresso, dried herbs and leather are strongly evident with hints of hoisin sauce. Finishes delightfully and long with a tinge of pepper spice. Very balanced and elegant. I'm a fan. 94+
Aromas: currant, plum, leafy, rich tobacco and pencil lead, iron. On the palate, firm and fine tannins and medium acid give, the structure is evident. I love the tangy currant and black cherry, loads of graphite and dark soil and fallen leaves. Not near it’s prime, a little tight perhaps, but good stuff and a decent showing.
Tellement jeune et tannique encore qu'il en est presque déplaisant. Même après avoir été décanté et carafé pendant 2 heures, c'était gênant mais les arômes et les saveurs (fruits noirs, cuir, cèdre)commençaient à se dégager. Attendre qu'il ait au moins dix ans avant de le revisiter.
Nice concentration and verve but still too tannic for near-term consumption. Needs a very long time to come around - maybe even ten years. If one needs to open sooner, much better to pair with food vs. drink on it's own.
I've had the luxury of tasting this wine from 1978, 1995, 2000 and now 2006. Pencil led barnyard, wet gravel...as great Bordeaux from the Medoc Peninsula would show. The difference from the other vintages that I've tried is that this one shows much more fruit on the mid palate. Acid is medium plus, alcohol low, finish medium plus. I love this wine, but it's for the ages. Definitely not ready to drink yet. Please hold on to it for at least another 5-7 years.
Still purple red. The wine has a beautiful and complex bouquet with cassis, luxurious oak, cedar, dust and spiciness. On the palate loaded with cassis and ripe dark forest fruits, dark chocolate, beautiful oak, and a firm amount of good acidity, tannin and bitterness. A concentrated wine which is still too young, but already showing what it has in store. Probably reaching early maturity around 2017. 92+
A solid effort, but nothing too exciting. Some nice dark cherries hidden within the stony mineral and cedar core after a little time in the glass. The nose was a bit muted. Perhaps this will emerge more with some time in the cellar. The tannins were plump but not overwhelming, and the wine had nice acidity. A fairly approachable younger Bordeaux that should improve over the next 5 to 10 years.
This solid, concentrated, structured, tannic wine is not close to being ready. Licorice, coffee bean, cassis, blackberry and smoky notes lead to a full bodied, young wine that demands another decade before it begins to be a lot of fun to drink. For tasters that think vintages like 2003 and 2009 are too ripe and lush, this is a good choice.
Shows a classy side offering aromas of blackberry, tobacco, charcoal, licorice and floral. Medium to full body is clean with soft tannins and signs of mineral on the finish. Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. (Best 2012-2018) - December, 2012 (JD) - 91+ Points
Day 1: closed, earthy, super tannic, didn't drink much. Day 2: much better, fruity blackcurrant and cherry nose with a hint of floral note. Obvious minerality, like burgundy, with darker fruit of course. Strong acidity, tannins are still coarse but sweet. Lots of fruit but perhaps better with steak. From 375 bottle.
Nice nose of dark fruit, spice and earth. A little tannic on the tongue but for the most part showed nice balance and long finish. I thinking it's drinking really good at this stage. Gave it a 3 hr decant.
Krisp, fruktig näsa med fin örtighet (kryddad earl grey som en i sällskaper säger). Bra , svalt vin med en fin bredd. Vinet är köttigt utan att tappa i elegans. Bra mellansegment och fin eftersmak. Behöver tid för att få lite mer komplexitet . Låt ligga.
Tasted at the chateau after a nice tour guided by Anne Cuvelier. Very plush fruit here; dark, with a hint of anise and animal. Very tannic. Should develop well, but this still needs 5+ years. Very much consistent with the profile of the '01 and '99. 4-
Bordeaux Region - Tasted at Chateau: Tasted at Chateau Leoville-Poyferre. A half bottle was opened for us at the Chateau, so we were tasting with just a few moments of air. Swirled the glass for most of those moments but the wine was still very tight, very tannic. However, the nose was richly perfumed with dark berries, earth, oak, spices. It was brilliant. On the palate, once I got through the heavy tannins, the flavors were deeply concentrated with dark fruits, forest floor, cocoa, floral, minerals. The tannins were mouth filling. Long, lingering finish left the flavors in the mouth for almost a minute. This wine will need several more years (5+) before drinking again. (Doris did not like this wine. Too tannic)
ABOT Cellar Tasting: A deep purple color on this 6 year old 2nd Growth Bordeaux, showing 13% abv. The moderately fragrant nose shows rather intense black cherries and ashes, and seems a bit straightforward at this point in it's development. This wine gives up flavors of thick and rich black cherry fruit, with secondary notes of licorice and toasty oak. The palate does show a bit more heat than I would have expected, given the low -OH level, but I think this will integrate with a bit more bottle age. The tannins are very drying and astringent at this point, leading into a 45+ second finish; making the currently wine drinkable with a long decant, but for my liking, I wouldn't touch another bottle of this wine for 4+ years (at which point it may merit a few points higher in score). This wine will then drink nicely for 20 years from that point, given the structure and stuffing, and history of this nice 2nd Growth Chateau. A value at $50-60 (listed price $125).
In Decanter on a review of the 2004 & 2006 Medoc wines, the wine ranked as a Decanter Star with 18.5, one of the best performing of about 60-70 wines including Palmer/Cos and many others of pedigree. My notes show a marked incline in the last 18 months. Rich dense wine, requires a good few hours decant, actually better out of bottle 2 days after opening than before. Will stand the test of time and improve greatly in the next few years. But it is not a classic.
Needs a few more years yet but lots of promise here. Typical Poyferre nose with cedar and pencil shavings to the fore with some light burnt sugar. Seems a bit lean until you hold in your mouth for a few seconds and then sweet darkish fruits - damsons and deep cherry - come out. Good future here I think
veri nice body,nt a big wine.elegance n well balance wine.evident plum n black fruits.its a pity tat is nt mature yet.shud b well drnking in 6-8 yrs time.overall,tis is really a fantastic bttl.u cant stop helping yrself pouring into your glass.drnk tis bttl b4 tis cud b 1 of the misses in your life.
Nez superbe, intense et puissant. En bouche, le boisé est légèrement trop présent à ce stade-ci et les tannins sont très présents. Mais quelques années de cave le rendront certainement magnifique ! Bel avenir.
Bordeaux Trip, 4 days, 1st and 2nd Growths; 6/14/2011-6/17/2011 (Bordeaux): Very dark red color. This wine was all about class. Maybe it was the environment, but I thought this was drinking wonderfully. The mouthfeel was gorgeous, soft and round. Classy all aound. Well balanced, I did not find it backward at all. Drank over about 45 minutes side by side with the 2010 barrel sample. As great as the 2010 is, this did a more than ample job of comparing. Beautifull damp earth, cassis, espresso, blackberry, cedar.
Dark and earthy, didn't think this was particularly modern contrary to the impression of other tasters. Sure its not the most concentrated or flashy bordeaux, but it has a nice restrained sweetness to it, with classic cassis soft oak, leather. A beautiful wine with lovely balance.
Advanced Tasting Course - session #5 (Wine Road Tel-Aviv): Blind tasting. Dark lively red color. Purple edges. Typical young oaked Cabernet Sauvignon aroma with hints of coffee and forest fruits. Fruity & high acidity, full-body, fruity & young, green tannins & bitterness, not ripe yet. Will improve in the future.
Having just picked up a 12 bottle case for a good price I decided to try the odd bottle I had. Just popped and poured and was really much better than I was expecting so early in its life. This is a very well integrated wine. The nose is ripe with deep red fruits, tobacco, espresso and cedar. Palate is initially smooth with lovely balance of fruit, structure and acidity. Then a wave of tannin sweeps over your mouth. Really quite enjoyable now but will obviously get better with time. So glad I got a case (at £30 per bottle!) as I will enjoy trying one every few years! Drinking better now than other 2006's tried so far (Branaire & Malescot)
Meh. Too soon for enjoyable drinking, with little bouquet and and overwhelming tannin in the mouth. This seems to have some nice red berried fruit and woodsy herbs under the surface, but theres an awful lot of structure here supporting what comes across as not-particularly dense fruit. We'll see how this is in 5 years, i guess.
2006 Bordeaux Masterclass: Alcohol :: 13% Deep mineral, roasted herb and coffee notes dominated the aromatic profile with good sense of elegance along with underlying minty, blackberry with smoke and new oak tones. Fresh! Was my first impression when I drank it. Same as the others wines in the line up, this too show austerity on the palate with new wood but has the best vibrancy and precision. Very rich but remain focus and precise, light on it's feet with grippy acidity and soft, ripe silky tannin leads to mineral, coffee undertones long finish with spices n herb nuances. An excellent wine. This may not be a powerful wine like Montrose that give you a WOW, but it offer better transparency and harmonious. Really like it. Buy - Maybe.
Aromatically mute, showing tightly coiled dark fruited flavours and savoury cedary and earthy accents in the mouth, but right now it comes across as very closed and unyielding with the structure dominating. Hands off.
Unlike the other two bordeauxs tasted, the Leoville Poyferre was a wine that is built around its opulent fruit quality. There is toasted oak in the background but the main driver of structure and balance in this wine is its fruit quality. On the nose - dense dark earth, some toasted oak and heaps of depth. In the mouth, power, good length - juicy acid, fruity and dark fruits. Great plum character. This wine will improve with time.
Of the 2006s I have tried so far, this was the weakest. More "international" in style with prominent oak on the nose and ample fruit, this has less nuance and finesse than Rauzan Segla and Calon Segur from the same vintage, only to name a couple. That said, it's still an enjoyable wine that will have a long life ahead of it. Dark berry and cherry fruit, tobacco, and cedar aromas. Finish is ok, and mid palate is decent although just a tad hollower than I'd like to see at this point in the wine's evolution. This will be a good wine, but to me, it's not among the better wines of the 2006 vintage in Bordeaux based on what I have tasted so far.
WFA Bordeaux 2005/2006 Tasting by the Wine Review (Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore): Rather less oaky than the less time I tried it - which meant rather better as well. Nose still showed some woody, vine stemmy notes, but other tones, like deeply fruited sweet cassis tones and tobacco leaf role were more obvious. Not bad at all. Palate had gummy, crystallined cassis at the fore, some strength here - concentration and depth aplenty I thought, all bolstered by fine grainy tannins. Finish was pretty good as well. Nice length, with a touch of dry herbs. One of the more structured 2006 wines, this has some elegance to it, but needs time to come around.
Still very young, but beautiful juice. Perfect harmony between all the components. Pleasant oak and tannin. Good balance between sweetness and acidity. Give it 5 - 6 years of cellaring and the score might even be higher. 91+
Some More 2006 Bordeaux (K&L Wines, San Francisco): Finally, a wine that LOOKS like it has something to it, with a deep, saturated core. Complex, piercingly fragrant nose. Classic Cabernet-based wine with excellent concentration of black fruit. Significant, rising tannins which make it clear that this is one for the future, not early enjoyment, yet it is still harmonious and has a long, persistent finish. By far, the best of the bunch today.
Warm and inviting. Plums, cassis, sweet vanilla oak, liqorice and some leather. The stuff are there, but just in need of time to integrate and develop. My guess is that this should turn out to be a nicely drinking wine in 5-10 yrs. Right now it is a little to primary for a higher score.
Leoville Poyferre masterclass with Didier Cuvelier (St Regis, Singapore): A well-made wine for the vintage, but so oaked that it became a dead-ringer for toffee candy on the nose. Started alright, with some flowers and sweet cassis along with telltale coffee, toffee and pain grille notes. After some time though, the buttery toffee scents just more or less obliterated everything else - you could smell it from half a metre away. Thank goodness it was not so overwhelming on the palate - the coffee, butter, toast, toffee etc were still there, but there was plenty of primary cassis fruit that stood out too. Okay struture, with good mouthwatering acidity and tightish tannins, and yet the whole thing was still rather plush and almost silky textured above that backbone. All rather polished in a modern way. Past the midpalate, flavours like orange peel, sandlewood, a touch of cola and perfumy notes emerged, along with some chocolate and more coffee as the wine slid into a mid-lengthed finish. Pretty good effort, fun to drink in its youth. It is a real pity that the new-worldy oakiness obfuscated everything else on the bouquet. Hopefully it will tone down with time.
Union des Grand Cru Tasting (Lighthouse (Pier 61, Chelsea Piers)): At UGC Grand Tasting in New York. Met expectations. I was generally unimpressed with both the 05 and 06 of this wine. I thought the 06 showed better than the 05 and should be a better value. The wines were very similar, which either speaks well for the 06 or poorly for the 05.