Really an incredible Bordeaux I have tasted 3 years ago and was still closed! Now it oppened ! Lot of red berrys,some animal aroma,licorice,cigar,coffee,at the point to enjoy! I 've tasted with a friends to cheers my aniversary ! Paired with lamb! Cost /benefit 100% Very remcommended
Aromas of cassis and blackberry make for a delicate nose. The fruit starts to fade and is met with bold abrupt tannins in the mouth. A very masculine wine. This is drinking well now but will continue to develop.
Utterly classic left bank Bordeaux, just too young. Fresh sea breeze on the nose, giving way with more air to fresh horse droppings backed by cassis. No detectable graphite. Give it ten years to develop old barnyard and leather. Rating reserved.
saturated purple, The nose and palate was not nearly as expressive as earlier bottles. really dense and sweet but flat. Extraordinarily youthful- I've had 2005s more evolved than this. Strangely, this wine could be a dead ringer for the 96 Pichon Lalande. Overall it just left me wondering if this bottle was shut down. 90-95
This continues to over deliver in my book. One of my favorite Bordeaux from 1996. It has the vintage's brightness but is supported by sweet black current fruit and a wonderful spice element. Drinking beautifully, this bottle is full and open. Terrific. (95)
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(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A dark red-purple wine. There are aromas of dense, sweet blackcurrant fruit, cherries and minerals on the nose. The palate offers plenty of sweetness and a full, rounded texture. There's a nice weight, lots of fruit and ripe tannins in the finish. Good acidity. This is nowhere near as hard and backward as when last tasted in April 2001, and is clearly coming out of its shell. Nevertheless I would recommend another two or three years before trying another.
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A great, deep purple colour leads to a nose of cassis fruit, with a classic stony-mineral St Julien edge appearing, not present on last tasting. A fruit-packed palate, with lovely texture and impressive structure. Less austere than last time, but still a real keeper. Expect to cellar for 10 years or more.
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A dense and dark wine. Powerful, dark blackcurrant fruit. Slightly hard and austere. Similarly austere on the palate, with deep, rich fruit and a good tannic backbone. A big yet balanced wine.
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