Very dark red/purple color. Drank 2 glasses off the list over an hour at Guy Savoy. This bottle had been opened the day before and was completely open for business. Don't let anyone tell you to dismiss the '07 vintage in hand. Make no mistake, there are good wines and they are approachable now. Here's a perfect example, and I suspect that it did benefit from the additional air. Brilliant nose of creme de cassis, pencil lead, high toned, leather, damp earth, subtle wood. Contrary to a few notes, the palate was right there with the nose, translating it beautifully, creme de cassis, raspberry, earth, pencil lead, tobacco and sleek dusty tannins on a long finish. Far better than I hoped for 92+ to 93pts.
PnP. Much better showing than my first bottle three months ago. For nose, 92 points, but palate, 82. Hence 87. Now I can see why this wine is liked by so many. Nice nose. Unfortunately, that is not enough for me. Probably my last bottle of Leoville Poyferre in my life.
Very good. Black currant and berries dominate, ripe and sweet, also aromatic. With some vanilla on the background. Medium to full bodied. Good balance and very smooth. Very good claret in weak vintage.
Not a bad drink, but there are lots of better 07's ( Montrose, Ducru Beau, Haut Bailly ...). Nice nose, green palate with fruits after a while, short finish. Indeed a bit sour. There is absolutely no need to buy this. Now-2020.
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(Château Léoville-Poyferré (St Julien)) There is smoke and cedar on the nose here, dark fruit with somewhat more meaty tones than that which I found in the Léoville-Barton. It is dark and a little sooty too. The palate seems supple and relaxed (whereas Léoville-Barton was more linear and tight) but there is still a very fine definition here, and it holds together very well, with the structural elements very nicely contained within the substance of the wine. A good weight to the finish. This is a very good effort indeed for the vintage.
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Nutty oak here, alongside some gently perfumed fruit, the two working quite nicely together. An attractive palate, showing a little substance, with spices and good fruit acidity. Light and supple tannins, a little more bold than some wines. This has structure and some potential, and a little more length than some too. A good effort.
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A very flattering, rounded nose showing attractive clean fruit and some new oak. A good density, greater than many of its peers in this vintage. More obvious forepalate concentration, and a nice creaminess in the midpalate. A supple composition, well covered ripe tannins and balanced acidity. Very good potential here.
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