Too early but very promising. Bought a bottle while travelling and enjoyed in the hotel room. Dark almost purple color, nose of black fruit, hint of red fruits, tobacco and licorice. Some oak on nose that integrates and goes away with breathing. A palate of medium acidity, fine tannins. Fresh with very nice balance and length. Left some in the fridge over night and wow the day after it shows what this wine will become with 5-10 more years of cellaring. This is a great wine.
Dark magenta with dark core and clear in the glass. Blackberry, boysenberry, lead pencil, violets, and oak on the nose and palate. This was a remarkably opulent and luxurious wine on the palate. Rich, velvety and full. Long, mouth watering finish. 94 for today. Needs more time for oak to integrate.
5/24/16 : Same bottle, kept overnight at 4C in stopped decanter. Now we're talking! This wine is really singing! Blackberry, violets more forward and precise and also more pencil lead. Generally, the oak seems to have moved a little more to the background and everything else is more in focus. 96-97pts.
Grateful to a good friend who invited me over for a drink, and had this opened. so I could compare to the 05 I had the night before. The ten is in comparison still classically a good year with appreciable fruit intensity, balance and aroma. Yet it is more one dimensional, lacking some of the distinct secondary flavours the 5 gave off so marvelously - herbacious scrubbery, smoke, leather. Surprising for a younger wine, the tannins were smoother, but I have noticed this from 09 onwards as an evolutionary step forwards in Bordeaux, towards a more open and approachable style. Tasted alongside the ten Lascombes this was to me by far the better drink: the Lascombes had a vivid streak of vanilla oakiness on the palette. The ten LP Im guessing should develop into something special in the next 5-7 years and should be laid down for now for best results.
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(Château Léoville Poyferré) Opaque purple red violet color; very appealing, mocha, tart black currant, cedar nose; appealing, mocha, tart black currant, cedar palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish (61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc)
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré (St Julien)) The assemblage here is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the pH 3.7, and the alcohol comes in at 14%. Léoville-Poyferré, by comparison with Léoville-Barton, has a slightly less dense, more vibrant crimson hue. There is though a denser style to the fruit here, more damson and cherry, dusted with sweet icing sugar; I suspect this reflects the 30% Merlot. The palate is amazing though, showing a very relaxed and elegant start, with an almost juicy feel as it sits in a very open and relaxed style, underpinned by firm grainy tannins and very subtle, tingling acidity. This is very fine in its composition. Again, silky is the word here. Very fine indeed.
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