Slightly muted nose, cassis, leather, oak and vanilla. very good length. Still quite tannic. I wonder if there's enough fruit to see the tannin out in the long run. I guess it will peak in a couple of years.
Opened, poured one glass. It wasn't great. Re-corked and set aside for 24 hours. Now it's where it needs to be! Earthy, cassis-rich nose, leather too. Palate of blackberry, old leather/tobacco, dry leaves, smoke. Very soft tannins.
Decanted two hours. Open for business and ready to serve the soft and supple tannins escort this medium body and subtly rounded elegant deep lavender purple lady to your loving memory from first sip to lasting finish. Sweet plum, currant, cassis and blackberry, the roasted coffee and chocolate merge with the cedar and licorice to offer a delicious experience, one that you would like to repeat.
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(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré (St Julien)) A little more open than the Léoville-Barton, more expressive, full of iron-bound clay and earth, overlaid with a crisp fruit character, crunchy autumn leaves, depth and freshness intertwined. Yes, it is as enticing as I hope it sounds. The flesh on the palate has a soft and broad character, polished, not quite the fine vigour of the Barton, although there is grip and some fine acids to be found here. Very attractive, substantial and long but I think for me the Barton just edges it, even if a return for a second taste reveals a more firm and upright character than I first noted.
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) This has a lovely character on the nose, beautifully sweet fruit, in a very different fashion to the corresponding Barton, with a much more open, accessible style. The fruit is dense though, and on the palate it is supple, with ripe tannins showing quite dry through the midpalate, and with nice acidity too. This is good.
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) This has some forceful, seemingly plump, ripe, smoky fruit on the nose. It has depth. A moderate texture, attractive, a touch light on texture although there is the barest hint of cream to it at the edge. Soft, ripe tannins, attractive correct acidity. Nice, rather plump as the nose suggested, nicely put together. It feels a bit soft and modern to me, but may firm up and will please many I think.
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