This wine is hitting on all cylinders right now. Vibrant and explosive in the glass with tons of licorice, currant, lavender, cedar, and a touch of olive tapenade. The finish is electric with a core of pure fruit that won't quit as the finish pushes through the youthful tannin and goes on and on. Just entering its adulthood, this wine is going to be fun to drink between now and 2025. It will be hard for me to keep my hands off it. Decant for 1 hour and enjoy. Impressive wine!
1/12. Decanted 1/2 an hour. Deep ruby core, narrow pale ruby rim. Nose is aromatic, youthful, with ripe, rich cedary dark fruit, touch of vanilla, hint of moist earth. Medium/full bodied, plush blackcurrant fruit, cedar, ripe and generous but with lovely vibrant acidity, good depth, tannins a touch grainy on the good length finish but overall excellent. Enjoyable now but should improve providing those tannins mellow.
New year´s eve with some friends: a fine concentrated cassis nose, somehow perfumed, young appearance with almost grainy tannin, very concentrated fruit body, some overripe aromas, red fruit compote, not my favourite Bordeaux- winestyle......., lacking elegance at the moment, entering the savoury drinking window, hopefully getting more balanced by some more years in the cellar, **(*+-?), 88-91?
7th note since 2010. Consistent with April 2014. Light nose of undergrowth and cedar. Good tannic backbone but some lack of flavour on the palate. Great persistence and aftertaste. In 2011 Anne Cuvelier advised waiting 5 years, and the wine seems to be about to peak. Drink in the next few years.
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(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Darker in character, and more exotic than the Léoville-Barton on the nose, although it still seems quite tightly packed together, with restrained and dark fruit closely intertwined with smoky, exotic aromas. It starts off very gentle and composed on the palate, before opening out to show some ripe peppery tannins, firm acidity and a nice, vinous style. This has good substance, plenty of grip in the mouth, and a firm, meaty finish. This is very nicely held together, and overall is very good indeed.
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