This needed two hours in the decanter before it was even approachable...I had a tentative sip after 30 mins and the phenolics were overwhelming. It has a serious claret nose of maraschino, blackberry, leather, graphite and maybe a little smoke. The palate shows pleasing fruit with lifting acidity, a hit of oak and some vanilla on the finish. Tannins are initially robust and crunchy, becoming silkier as they relax their grip over time. This will keep for sure, but with an adequate decant it's drinking okay now.
Decanted for about 30mins before drinking and this didn't show much for me. May have been a bad bottle since this didn't seem to be anything like previous bottles. Felt very muted and closed, so maybe it was just in a slumbering state.
Slight decant. Fairly wooden nose. Entry is also wooden with a fairly dark fruit. Nice mid-mouth with the wooden board dominating the finish. Tannins fine. This needs more time and a nice decant. Fine wine but a bit rustic still.
Much better on second day - it was pretty tight and primary on day one. Day two the oak blows off (mostly) and reveals a great nose of red fruits, minerals, smoke (bacon fat?), herbs, etc. Lots of tannic power and great acidity which give the wine a decent punch. Its solid but didn't love it here - I really think it needs another five or 10 years and considering the structure, it will be no problem...
From a 375. Deep ruby-purple color with little to no bricking, youthful; nose has excellent intensity with vanilla, black fruit, slight cigar box, possibly slight green bell pepper underneath; palate is full bodied, still moderately firm tannins throughout, at first the acidity and freshness hits, carries the palate through the midpalate and finish, black fruit density more upfront but carries through the end; finish is medium length. Overall an excellent riper hedonistic but still recognizably left bank bordeaux with good complexity, still very young even from half bottle, and fits with Leoville Poyferre's style of high quality but easy drinking (ie: not cerebral, more just enjoyable) and more modern than the other Leovilles (Barton and Las Cases). 90-91+ but don't try another half for 5 years minimum, more likely 10 years would be better. Update: 30 minutes air - Now showing a little bit of minerality on the nose more characteristic of classic St. Julien.
With a developed color, forest floor, strawberry jam, truffle and cigar box aromas, the wine really serves up a nice, plummy, sweet, soft and round sensation that is ready to start being opened and enjoyed.
Decanted for 2 hours. Beautiful promising nose of tobacco leaf, saddle leather, cigar box, a bit of eucalyptus and liquorice. On the palate very deep cherry and blueberry. Excellent wine. I would say on the nose a bit better then on the palate. In general I am a fan of the 2004s St Julians and St Estephes, in my book the vintage makes for great drinking and is better then its reputation. In comparison with the 2004 St Pierre I had recently the LP has to take a back seat though. Reflecting on my red wines in 2014 I have to say that the Saint Pierre 04 was my top experience as it was quite an unexpected over achievement. Happy New Year to you all!
I have been disappointed with the 2004 Bordeaux but this was pretty tasty. 2004 was supposed to be approachable early but I have yet to be impressed. This was medium garnet and opaque in color. Had a pretty nice floral nose. Lots of mocha, chocolate and tobacco on the palate. A decent offering but lacking in complexity.
Delicious black fruit bouquet with notes of tobacco and tar, this wine is still young but very enjoyable. Plush and expressive on the palate, with a respectably long finish, this is definitely one of Chateau LP's better efforts in the last decade.
Very strange young showing. Bitter and closed with dark masses of tannin hitting the lower palate like a block of granite. After about 3 hours decanting, the texture loosens up and becomes more velvety. The fruit is primarily concentrated, sweet blackberry (so sweet it is almost like candy, like Pixie Stix when drawing air), bitter tea leaves, Asian spices, some blueberry, darker wood spice, tobacco, cassis. Very dry and reserved, with a somewhat hollow mid-palate that yields an unpleasant aftertaste of, again, overly sweet candied blackberry and bitter tannin. I would say this really needs 2-3 years more.
Not quite ready. Bitter and un-giving on opening but 3 hours air - in glass - and beautiful, concentrated, spicy dark mahogany and cassis nose. Palate, though, reflects the vintage - fresh, hints of blackcurrant fruit, tobacco / woody spice, plenty of tannic bite but a bit disjointed and overly dry / austere. Prefer the 2002. Give it a couple of years. 88 for now.
Opened this at home with Mrs L after we polished off a 1964 Ch Canon and still felt thirsty... What a difference 40 years makes! Big, black thick and oily is what I registered in the initial few seconds, though after my taste buds readjusted somewhat (and the wine had a chance to catch a breath) the more subtle ash, mineral and crushed leaves notes started to creep in. But still quite big and black; the dark berries very fresh and primary, though the tannins are just beginning to soften ever so slightly. This wine can easily last 20 years I think...
Tasted @ big Bordeaux tasting in Zurich. Often one my favorites, Léoville Poyferré hit a homerun in this difficult vintage. Amazing aromatics of flowers, dark fruit (cassis/black currant, dark cherries), roasted coffee, toast and some licorice. It's medium-full bodied and dense, with medium-high acidity and medium+ tannin that is very silky. Great length. A very beautiful classic Bordeaux with a lot of freshness and beautiful flavors.
Rich and complex nose infused with black cherry, gravel, cedar. Though not heavy bodied, the wine has weight and presence. Tannins already well integrated, fruit is not overtly ripe but firm. Nice velvety finish. Overall very poised and not a hair out of place. This should improve for another decade easy, but already enjoyable at the end of its first decade.
Cassisy notes with a wood overlay. A bit of chocolate. Really impressive extract but a bitter tannic note still quite present through the finish. Not there yet. That said, acquired upon release and stored at 47-52 degrees since. Needs a few more years, if not more.
Second d'une verticale de 5 millésimes, ses tannins commencent à peine à se détendre mais ce qui lui manque le plus, c'est du nez. Le moins apprécié de tous, il faut dire qu'il était d'un millésime ingrat.
Took a couple hours to wake up, but eventually showed coffee and plum on the nose. Polished, restrained palate, with mocha and currants. Moderate finish. A solid if somewhat "boring" bdx. Typical '04 expression with merlot up front, and without the complexity of the more hyped vintages. Could still use some time.
Dark wine with moderate opacity. Really lovely cassis/cherry nose with something a bit waxy in there too, a bit of spice, some smoke. Great mouthfeel- super rich, low acidity, a bit of tannin, and great concentration, especially for the vintage. Nothing green or under-ripe about this. It finishes really well, no bite, no hard edges. I'm very pleased with this wine, it's a really pleasure to drink and is the type that would be appreciated by winos and non-winos alike.
There is a nice softness and polish to the tannins, giving the wine a supple texture to the smoky, black cherries, earth and licorice filled personality. The wine is young, fresh and while still primary, fun to drink as it approaches its 10th birthday.
Colour is showing its age a little, turning into a nice garnet at the rim. Sweet fruit, liquorice, cedar and mushrooms on the nose, quite impressive. Good grip, freshness, cherries and red berries on the palate, nicely balanced. As it has been mentioned before, really quite austere with very robust and drying tannins towards the medium+ finish, from 2018+?
Medium to full bodied, deep ruby/purple colour, strong sweet vanilla nose, the palate is very refreshing with blackberries, bilberries, vanilla and hints of leather, good acidity. Overall very good except a bit too tannic towards the finish.
The wine looks Inky colored. It has Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), Red Currant, and Dust on the nose. The palate show good black fruit with integrated tannins. The body is Full. The wine has Silky texture. The wine finishes Long. Decanted for 2 hours prior to consumption. This is in a very good place at the moment with decanting.
tried tis bttl multilple times.a bttl tat is well drinking nw.veri nice secondray notes with gd support of black fruits.take note 1 ting.try nt decant more than 3 hrs.wen the fruits start to fade,its goin to b a disaster
RockinCab's descriptors virtually mirror my own. An excellent wine that really had a proper chance to shine given its 3 hours in a decanter. An Ivy league education at a State School price. Very nice and much to its credit, each successive pour was more enjoyable than the last one. These 'off vintage' or 'between vintage' wines can really be quite stunning. Certainly in the 'very good' realm now, but better things are surely ahead for this one.
Nose: blackberry, blueberry, vanilla, cedar and some slight floral notes. Very young, perfumed nose. Palate: leads with blueberry pie, blackberry and plum. Med bodied but dense, with a lot of un integrated oak. Long on the palate with embers and grilled herbs coming through. Finish: berry driven finish that is a bit one dimensional. Inky with some florals.
try tis bttl again.tis time 1 hr decanting..a gd blend with primary fruits n secondary notes with nice nose.wat i dislike is finishing is slightly a bit dry.it seems to me it nd more longer time to stay in the decanter.though tis time it taste so much different frm wat i hve tasted few mths ago which i like,but overall it is stil a nice bttl tat u wil njoy.
Decanted for 8 hours. Blueberry chocolate cappuccino! No, this is very good. Exceptionally good in fact, but not going to settle down soon, just like me when I was that age, ahhh.... Rough and fun, black fruit, herbs/spice (whatever the hell they are), and cigarettes mmm. Fun.
Decanted for 4 hours. Stunning nose of tobacco leaves, game sauce, wild berries and liquorice. Velvety taste, like silk with a long lasting taste and strong aftertaste. Simply stunning and still a few years left to develop further.
Nose was rather closed when first opened.. developed into some lightly dark chocolate, strawberries and caramel by the 1.5 hour mark. Coke and cinnamon tints also.. nice burgundy colour all the way to the rims and a deep velvet throughout. Flavours were a bit closed though. brick, plums and dark cherries with an extremely short finish... a bit too young right now, could be a 91/92 in a few years time perhaps?
Maroon color. Medium body. The flavors are typical Medoc and simply delightful, with graphite, dust, leather, black fruit. Needs at least three hours decant for the initially harsh tannins to smooth; after four it really begins to sing. The wine is well balanced with a classic style and nice structure. Excellent; it should continue to improve for many years.
Judgment of Singapore: Part 2 - Riesling and Cabernet (Ubin Seafood, Sin Ming Indistrial Estate): This was a very good start to the fight of reds. While still far too young to drink, it was certainly better than when I last tried it a few years ago, and is on track to develop into a really nice wine. It had a really alluring nose, with lovely, fruity gobs of blackberries and cassis and plums kissed by smoky tobacco and toasty earthy notes with a little drift of violet flowers at the sides. All those fruit aromas along with some sweet oak notes at the side led me think that this may have been a new world wine. The palate did little to dispell that impression on first blush. Hedonistically rich and ripe (especially for a 2004), it had a wonderfully pure expression of blueberries, cassis and black cherries at the forefront, lined with really fine, ever-so-slightly powdery tannins and some lovely fresh acidity. It was really the balance and purity to the wine and the finesse on its structure that pulled most our guesses back to Bordeaux in spite of all that pirmary fruit. Very delicious stuff, with a strong finish too, brightening up as it pulled away into a fresh display of dark cherries and cassis lined with a little hint of spice and twist orange peel. A very nice which should only improve in time. This should be lovely in a decade or so. The group's #3 out of 10 Cabernet blends.
Woody fruit nose. Smooth light mouth with a woody core of spice and cedar. Quite tannic with a finish a bit like sawdust. There is a lot going on underneath this but it is a bit harsh and lacking elegance at this stage.
Young. There's clearly a really good wine here but currently it's dominated by primary aromas of dill and vanilla from the oak. Well structured - lots of dense but supple tannin, ample fruit to balance. Will be excellent in time but currently this feels like another example of why it's a waste to drink classed growth Bordeaux before its 10th birthday.
nice wine... elegant, balanced, merlot showing, silky tannins... just entering its drinking window... will improve over the next few years but can drink now... i wish Leoville Poyferre still cost $40 because this is excellent.
Decanted a couple hours prior. Interesting to know the blend here as it seems to be showing off its merlot component. Nose of blackberry, with licorice and cedar spice. Lush fleshy palate with plum and currants, touch of spice, seemingly low acidity. Fine tannic finish with subtle oak notes, toasty, with darker fruit. Still quite tannic, slightly bitter, and a little coarse. A very nice bdx in what appears to be the style of '04--lush ripe fruit but lacking a little depth or complexity. Still, a very nice bdx that will please the bdx drinker and continue to improve over the next 5-10yrs.
Popped and decanted for 4 hours. Dark bluish purple color with a nose of earth, tobacco,leather and currant. Initial alcohol but eventually resolving into favors of black cherry and currant. Nicely balanced and went well with short ribs. Needs lots more time
Comparing this side by side to the 2001 vintage, the 2004 has probably a bit more structure and backbone to age gracefully long yet being accessible enough for a good taster now. Tannins are more precise here and the body is rounder and fruitier. Yet again dark fruit and spice on the nose. Hold on to this one.
Almost darkblue. Dark fruit, with depth. Young, sweet fruit and concentration on the nose. A very serious impression. On the palate, sweet liqouirice, some alcohol to be noticed. Feels like the grapes have had ideal maturity, still very elegant. A word I personally rarely use with wine actually sprung to mind - sexy!
Alcohol :: 13.5% From half. Bright deep ruby core with purplish hue. Pop and poured. Tight, austere nose and palate but with excellent focus and transparency, fine-grained tannin, oak infused flavor on the palate with very fine texture, austere finish. 2hrs later, the wine started to unfold itself with more focus, expressive aromas of blackberry fruits, pencil leads, capsicum, coffee, floral and chalky mineral. Bright flavors on the rich, complex palate with great balance of ripe blackberry fruits, earth, spices, coffee and very fine, lively acidity, most importantly, not being sweet and heavy. The freshness and vibrancy really strike me. Mid level of tannin and oak remained un-evolved, but this is nicely cover by the fruits and acid spine. Fine, detail medium length juicy finish with coffee, mineral aftertaste. A classic St-Julien that keep me asked for more. Buy - Yes.
From half-bottle. Really tight right now and not showing much of anything. Firm tannins, quite a bit of oak. A strange showing for this wine. I won't touch another for at least ten years, but I think it's a crap shoot whether this will develop positively.
Seems a touch closed down from when I had it over the summer. But, I just pulled open the cork so we will see where it goes. A touch stiff across the palate but the fruit, tannin and acidity are all in balance and together.
Drank from a 375. Decanted for about 2 hours. One dimensional out of the decanter. Opens up to show a bit more character and depth. Not an "over driven" example and consistent with the vintage. Perfectly good wine given time.
Popped and poured; ate with Chinese food. Initially closed, more wood than expected. Strong blackberry, some cedar, nice acid. Opened up over the course of an hour and by the end was really opening up with richer fruit, tannins died down, good length. Unfortunately half a glass left by that point. Probably should sit on it another year or two.
This is a very good wine made in classic style with black currant, cedar shavings; the green pepper has faded into the background. Elegant, in the sense that it is lean, but still no magic. We had this with some grilled steaks and the wine was overwhelmed by the smoky meat. On its own though, this was drinking much better now.
note: Had it opened for a few hours before serving, but served the wine below room temperature.
Tasted three nights in a row off of three different fresh bottles.
This is well made wine. Broader than its two cousins, without the amazing drama of Las Cases in 2004, nor the iron of Barton in 2004. Shows its oak more, shows its fruit more, bigger; if you will. Doesn't have quite the same "breed" as its two cousins. But you already knew that.
All that being said, still fantastic claret. Drinking well now, I would imagine it will drink gracefully for 10 more years as well. Much more harmonious and knit together than the 2005. Drink this first in other words.
Graphite and sour dark berries on the nose. Has a nice austerity with a hint of medicinal cherry. Overtime, the nose became more lush. Great clarity of flavors on the palate. Tannins have good grip, but well balanced. Gravelly blackberry and stony notes. Long finish of dusty fruit.
Not quite there yet, but very impressive fruit quality integrated with wood. On the red fruit side with that step up in clarity of fruit. Finishes quite long but not with strength/real palate impact at this point. May go up a point or two from here, but not headed for greatness. That said, will never have a problem drinking a bottle of this.
Expressive nose with some signs of development. After 6 hrs in the decanter a clear cassis component with restrained oak and some light cedary spice. Delicious on the palate, great fruit, a waft of tobacco, lovely balance but still dominant tannins. Like a slightly unkempt teenager - indications of it's adult form combined with a few remnants of the child.
gorgeous deep purple on the eyes, this was decanted for 3hrs and consumed over an additional 3hrs, the nose was at its best several hours ago when it gave off smoky dark fruits/now it is readily showing etoh although there is little to be tasted, very tight until opening up after 5 hrs- casis/tobacco/smoke/cedar/earth/touch of dill, finish was long emphasizing the wood and herbs with little fruit.
(Wine tasting at Sogo Dept Store, Yokohama) One of the more promising 2004 Bordeaux wines I've enjoyed so far. Well balanced wine with very nice oak. It is still not quite ready to wake up (I prefer mature wines) but can absolutely be enjoyed by the ones who prefer their wines early.
Had over 3 days. On the first day it was next the the 2004 VC Certan which was sadly corked to high heaven. The nose was very nice. Spicy, sappy and leathery. With time there was more brambly along with an iron quality. The dark flavors worked great with the lightish mouthfeel and abundant acidity. Built for food. High acid and medium tannin. It is a bit animal. On the 3rd day it was a bit sour and slightly sherried.
My faith in claret is renewed with this wine!....just 2 days after the frankly awful 1999 Leoville Las Cases, this has proved that there are better and cheaper wines around. I accept that 1999 is not a great vintage but I expected much more from a £60 wine. This Poyferre was only £30 and despite still way too young offers much more drinking pleasure. The colour is showing no age at all and is still bright red out to the edge. Lovely nose of deep blackcurrant, hedge-row and varnish!...on the palate it is full and ripe with deep blackcurrant, juicy dark fruit and with a hint of cream. The tannins are not particulalry heavy. Mouth-feel is great and finish long. Very pleasurable now but very young so I will leave my next 2 bottles for another 5 years at least.
can't rate this since it appears completely closed down, with little primary bouquet, and still it has that stern disciplined balance which promises something good; hints of capsicum, graphite and meat
This wine has closed up somewhat compared to my last visit last year. Ripe dark fruits, mocha, some leather and spice made this quite a delicious treat despite the somewhat harsh tannins. Probably hinting to be left alone for a few more years.
Leoville Poyferre masterclass with Didier Cuvelier (St Regis, Singapore): A good wine, intellectual, serious and interesting, but perhaps at a slightly awkward place in its evolution. Lovely nose, with fresh cassis and a hint of capsicum notes, followed by earthier tones of mushroom and leather with some treacle and toffee oak notes. I thought I detected little whiffs of alcohol here and there. The palate had quite a bit of structure, so it seemed a little more tightly put together than the plush 2006. This had clean acidity and firm tannins lending their weight to a solid backbone, with flavours of cassis, a touch of leather and some bittersweet herbs making up the rest of the wine. I got notes of bitter roots, a touch of prunes and more toffee moving into the finish. There is quite a bit of complexity waiting to be revealed in future, but it is a little tough right now. I did find it more interesting than when I tried it last year though. While I am not sure this will ever be a great wine, I think it will be at least a very good one given another 5 years or so.
Thematic tasting of Bordeaux 2004 (Crystal Wines): Cod liver oil poured over fumey notes of dark plums. Very neutral wine that is neither good nor bad. It doesn't incite any feelings whatsoever although it is neither dull nor badly made. Its just uncontroversial, nonchalent but respectable. Maybe its shut down now? I am at a loss for words. This is that guy in the class that doesn't look average but he is just not noticed. Nobody minds having him around though. I call this a 81+???. I really think this has shut down a lot from the last tasting I had.
Pop and poured. Bold initial attack. Strong terroir, earthy and bold. Highly recommend pairing with food (cheese or meat). Paired pork. The pork fat and wine tannins just melted and blended into one savory taste. very smooth, very yummy, very decadent. Picture having chocolate mousse cake and washing it down w/ a glass of milk.
Almost opaque purple in the glass. Reticent nose of cassis, leather, and pencil shavings. Cassis more pronounced on the palate with a little bit of oak also. Full-bodied with dusty tannins. Strong acidity. Medium length finish.
Drank this with Willie at the Bordeaux booth at Wine for Asia 2008 at Suntec City. A much forward and under-rated vintage. Was feeling very happy towards the end of the tasting. Typical classy poyferre style. Thinking love it love it love it..
Wine For Asia 2008 (Suntec City Singapore): Perfumed dark flowers with layered aromas of greeness, mocha and berryfruits. Bright fruits framed by good acidity and tannins with some sweetness. Medium finish. Good!
WFA Bordeaux 2004 tasting by the Wine Review; 10/16/2008-10/17/2008 (Suntec City, Singapore): I thought this was one of the best wines of the tasting and an affirmation of the growing improvements over the last decade or so. It certainly showed that Poyferre can make good wines in more classic vintages after the stupendous 2003. Slightly darker colour than the other left bank wines. Nose was warm, earthy and meaty, with some spiced cloves and lurking dark fruit. Very complex, very St Julien. Real bright acid on the palate, with a little sprinkling of pepper and pure blackcurrant fruit. Just a little green but very nicely balanced indeed. It finish with a sparkling freshness and some length.The only issue I have with the wine is that it should seem complete, but is somehow lacking something. TK who tasted it with me said that it ticked all the boxes but lacked a little oomph. I think that was just about on the spot. Still, a very well-made wine that deserves cellaring.
Decanted for about an hour. I find this a bit young, nose of tobacco, black fruits and smoky oaks. The medium bodied taste of this wine, smoky oak with loads of black fruits. The tannin is melting with a medium finished as well. The wine should not be pop for at least abt 3-5 years....nice wine if anyone got this during ep. Eventhough it's good but still cannot match the great 03.
2004 - The Last Affordable Vintage? (Sweets and Savories. Fullerton near Ashland. Chicago. IL): Sight: Dark deep red, medium viscosity, clarified wine Nose: Brighter on fruit than other 2004 Bordeaux's tasted this evening good amounts of dark red and black fruits - both of the berry and bush variety; lots of florals - especially nice white florals is what stood out to me. Taste: Oak with grippy tannins; Red Fruits really present; Some hints of chocolate; slightly hollow on the mid palate. Overall - plenty of acid still lingers - however, one can tell it will be great in time 91 points was my initial assessment. Revisit: After sitting in glass for about 20 minutes, it became intensely perfumed and seemed to have smoothed out significantly.... 92-93 points was my impression.
taste: much more smooth on the palate with rich cedar tones, cherries, blackberries, and black currants
overall: VA problems on teh nose? I had a feeling this was an off bottle to begin with, and when revealed, I just knew that this wasn't how a Leoville Poyferre should taste or act. The nose and palate were two completely different beasts, but a few of us came to the conclusion that this had to be a bad bottle as it was just bizzare, and not in a good way
Popped and poured. The nose started out showing waves of vanilla. Over a few hours it mingled well with dark fruits and became more integrated, infused with currant, earth and a hint of leather. Medium weight, sweet ripe fruit with good mid palate texture, full finish aided by hearty tannins. Pleasant surprise. 92
This was my favorite wine at the 04 UGC tasting, and not inclined to change my view. Black fruit cassisy with vanilla new wood notes, but all in a closed package with plenty of acid/tannin present. Really impressive extract and refinement/purity. Needs five plus more years, and perhaps more. My thought is that this is a Leoville Poyferre that will show much better than expected in a vertical down the road.
Last tasted in January '07. Was hoping for another glimpse of sweet red, vibrant fruit, not this dark, closed, severe wine. Oak/coffee component is dominant. Midpalate is disjointed. Finishes with drying tannin. Still not pleasurable after 2 hours in the decanter. My enthusiasm is not dampened, however. It will be a good one. Give it either a loooong decant or fuggedaboutit for another 3 yrs. [I'm leaning towards the latter.]
Brought to an 04' Brdx tasting. Opened 48 hrs prior to tasting. Good nose showing some fruit along with a strong mid-palte through the finish. Strong tannic backbone evident. This has the stuffing to evolve into a really solid wine with time and pick up a few points. Wouldn't hesitate to buy more.
Drank this again last night. I think I like the 2002 a notch better. This wine is very pure and well made, not as restrained as the '02, and somewhat more modernly styled. The 2002 has more personality, though, in my opinion. Nonetheless, they are both satisfying wines meriting scores on my scale in the 90-91 point range. Rating: 90 points.
Very nice sweet toasty oak Bordeaux nose. Suave taste, shows a lot of class with burnt oak tannins, a sweet kernel in the middle, soft fruit, and a long tannic, somewhat acidic and hot finish. Has a nice brightness and some secondary herbs. The fruit here is denser than some of the less successful 2004's I've had recently, but it shares the angular and somewhat flat feel I've found to be the drawback of most 2004's. There are elements of both 1996 and 1994 in this wine. Overall quite good if not outstanding with a promising future. B/B+
One of the hallmarks of Leoville Poyferre from a quality vintage is that it builds and evolves with each glass, new layers of flavor and complexity emerging with each taste. Thus the case with the Leoville Poyferre from vintage 2004. This wine will be a beauty in about 2020. It is less severe than the 2002-- I'm not necessarily saying that's a better thing, just different. Both vintages will provide enjoyment for the next two decades, in somewhat different styles. This wine is less dominated by its tannins than the rapturously mouth-puckering 2002. This '04 has some 1996 in it as well, with raspberries and black currant coating the palate... although, likewise, not as big and brooding as the hibernating 1996. A pleasant green note raced across the tounge of this '04, just to add a little pizazz, like a whispy poltergeist briefly sensed in the midsummer air from the corner of your eye, before taking hiding in some unknown corner of your mouth. Again, that's what good Leoville Poyferre does; it is a complex, intellectual St. Julien. I paid the exact same price for this wine-- $43.00-- as I did the other day for the 2003 Joseph Phelps cab. What a joke. In the end, as Rick said in his recent note, one gets the sense that this wine is not showing everything it will eventually offer (true about most young Bordeaux, of course). This is a clean, well-made wine. It is hard to find any flaws. It has nice depth, will age well. Perhaps just a slight vegetal hint, but for me that's not necessarily such a bad thing, if anything it adds personality to this otherwise pretty classic wine. The somewhat restrained nose opened up nicely by evening's end. In the final sips this reminded me more and more of the 1996 Leoville Poyferre, taking on an earthy character with lots of black fruit. I've had about ten vintages of Leoville Poyferre dating back to 1982, and the one vintage I found myself comparing this to with each sip was the '96. This will be a deceptively long-lived wine-- kind of like the 1996? In the end I was left wondering a little about that vegetal streak. I'm not sure which I like better, the 2002 or the 2004. I'll have to taste them side-by-side. I'm wondering if I didn't have a somewhat similar experience with this wine as Richard did with his Durfort Vivens, where the '04 came across perhaps stronger at the outset, but then the appeal of the he 2002 vintage came through in the end.... Anyway, this 2004 is an interesting wine, seems like some interesting things going on here. I need to try it again. For now, I'll rate it 91 points, but it may be better than that. Rating: 91 points.
Dark ruby. Smoky, spicy nose, with some forest floor, coal, and red fruit jam. Soft, mild palate, with nicely sweet berries, some rum-like overtones, first-phase roastedness, and some chocolate. Well-integrated tannins, medium structure, lower concentration and less depth than 2003, a little short, but very nice and accessible for a young Poyferre. Good potential. Ordered a case within 2 days of the tasting.