HDH holiday tasting (Chicago, IL): This was a surprisingly light bottle of wine, but did it show like a star. Perhaps a few years past its prime, but this was not in any severe state of decline. There was a lovely bell pepper note toned with pencil shavings and leather, as well as tart red fruit that was surprising to find on such an old wine. You could find all the same things on the palate, but the acidity at this point has started to stick out a little bit. Drink sooner than later.
The 1966 Léoville Poyferré is a very attractive wine, which blossoms in the decanter to reveal a detailed bouquet of lifted red and black fruit, cedar, Cuban cigar and graphite-like soil tones. Precise and firm at the core, with the relatively high acids that are characteristic of the vintage, this is leaner than some of its peers, but also quite a concentrated, characterful Poyferré that has retained its youthful juicy vibrancy and cut.
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(Château Léoville Poyferré) Bricked medium red color with very pale meniscus; murky, tobacco, dried plum, very mature nose; mature, tart red fruit, tart currant, cedar palate with medium-plus acidity and drying tannins; short-medium finish (bottle had a low shoulder fill)
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