Even better than when I had it a month back, layered with juicy blackcurrant a, berries, mineral, leather and smoke. Secondary flavors more pronounced and really complementary to the overall palette. Good structure and a lengthy finish. Can get better even in 5 years.
Hard to beat anything drunk now from 05, this had a classic nose of the vintage, intense fruit, mineral, floral notes, pine, tar. Abounds with freshness from the glass. Concentrated blackberry, cherry with some sandalwood and chocolate. Tannins buttrress the wine and add a tactile dimension which accentuates its profile beautifully, never overpowering. Impressive structure and balance. Drinking well now but can go go go for a decade or more.
During an introduction to Bordeaux speech I gave at a wine club in Singapore. Dark ruby, youthful color still. Expressive nose of cedar wood, forest floor, dark fruit, complex and very Medoc in style. Medium bodied on the palate with great freshness, fruit and structure. Textbook claret, high drinkability. This was the winner of the night with the men while the women loved the Hosanna 2008 even more. You can drink this with 2h decanting or wait as it is built for the long haul. Fantastic!
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(Château Léoville Poyferré) Very dark red violet color; soft plum, berry, cassis nose; tasty, rich, youthful, cassis, berry, plum, cedar palate; will go 10-plus years; long finish 93+ points (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot)
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Between the preceding two wines, the Barton pair of Langoa and Léoville, in terms of aromatic expression, perhaps with a slightly darker grain of fruit, richer and rather more intense. Great, pure, very stylish, a slightly more creamy presence on the palate than Barton, still with a very fine layer of structure beneath. Great tannic core, really rather grippy, although it certainly has the substance to cope. Fine acids too, bright and lifted fruit presence. Without doubt this is the equal of Barton, and it is great to see Poyferré perform at this level these days. Stylistically different, fleshier and more exotic perhaps, but certainly lovely quality here.
(Château Léoville Poyferré) Dark red violet color; charcoal, smoke and blackberry nose; tasty, plush, lovely palate with a touch of vanilla oak; medium finish 91+ pts. (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot)
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A great colour, and a wonderful purity on the nose, with essence of dark summer berry fruits being the order of the day, with a touch of white pepper. This has great depth and is clearly very impressive. It has a ripe, balanced, rounded composition, it is very firmly glued together, but has a sweet, harmonious character which is immediately appealing. There are ripe, svelte tannins which show through only at the finish. Very nicely judged extract. Very fine indeed.
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