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Community Tasting Notes (70) Avg Score: 91.7 points

  • I served this too cold, which suppressed the bouquet at first, but otherwise this wine was in a beautiful spot. Mature, smooth, with classic tertiary flavors of cedar, cigar and earth but with enough fruit and length to check most boxes. Overall, on the restrained end of things, but just lovely. 92-93 pts.

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  • This bottle shows a lot of band-aid brett, campfire, and a bit of fruit beneath it. Not pristine, but pretty good if you like old claret.

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  • Simply beautiful right now. Still fairly dark ruby (well, given the age) and darker than I'd expect 83 to be at this point. The aromas, and flavors, all mature, present a very harmonious, very confident wine. Served double-blind, I was in BDX (even though the person that brought it was 'suggesting' it was from Piemonte - teasing me, of course) , I was on the left bank, but I had no idea when or who, and I didn't care; I loved this from the very first sniff. Classy and poised. Drink now or in the next few years, this is not likely to get any better. recommended

    The original price sticker was still on the bottle, $16.99. Sigh.

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  • Still thirsty after the GL85, I wanted something that wouldn't be an obvious step down. This is very attractive, resolved, balanced classic claret, but we had them the wrong way round as this was a bit quiet after the boisterous GL.

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  • Delicious nose of leather, cèpes de bordeaux, cedar wood.... taste is just great, loods of silky tannins, cèpes de bordeaux, sandalwood, hint of cassis and strawberries

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  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2005, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16 points

    (Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Moderately deep hue. Reserved, stylish nose, a touch floral, with red fruit notes. Textured palate, a little creamy, although it doesn't quite have the desired body through the midpalate. Integrated tannins and good flavour though. A little length. Good, although this chateau has turned out much better wines in more recent vintages. Ready now.
  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2003, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17 points

    (Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A mature colour, but still with bright red nuances. Sweet, ripe but gamey fruit on the nose. This is followed by a lovely presence on the palate. A meaty, mouthfilling weight, with plenty of sweet fruit. A low level of ripe tannins provide some backbone, and there's correct acidity. This is a more brawny, slightly harder wine, and lacks the elegance of some other vintages. Nevertheless, there is quality here.

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