decanted for several hours. impressively barnyard on the nose mouth - lively sour plum, followed by some serious rough and tumble tannins. Tried next to the 2005 Clos l'Eglise, and this was by far the more unevolved wine. Has potential. Hold.
2005 Bordeaux Retrospective (Morrell Wine, 1 Rockefeller Plaza): The nose was intense, showing bright cherry, with spice, baked confectionary notes, sweet crème, savory burnt butter and tobacco. On the palate, I found a display of silky, smooth textures with hints of tannic grip, more wood than varietal, yet beautifully balanced with ripe saturating dark red fruits and spice. Fine tannin resonated on the powerful finish contrasted through lasting fruit and hints of tobacco.
Tasted single blind. Accessed via coravin left half an hour in glass. From nose guessed St julien, palate showed red fruits and tobacco leaf. I noted after half an hour more air getting better. For me second WOTN after Cos 2006 and ahead of Montrose 2005 for current gratification. i would not be surprised to see all this reversed though in ten years time. This wine has huge potential and I am glad to have a case. probably still "value" in the scheme of 05 prices. If you need to try now decant. If you can wait wait. Drink the less expensive surrounding 2004 or 2006 Poyferre now.
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(Château Léoville Poyferré) Very dark red violet color; soft plum, berry, cassis nose; tasty, rich, youthful, cassis, berry, plum, cedar palate; will go 10-plus years; long finish 93+ points (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot)
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Between the preceding two wines, the Barton pair of Langoa and Léoville, in terms of aromatic expression, perhaps with a slightly darker grain of fruit, richer and rather more intense. Great, pure, very stylish, a slightly more creamy presence on the palate than Barton, still with a very fine layer of structure beneath. Great tannic core, really rather grippy, although it certainly has the substance to cope. Fine acids too, bright and lifted fruit presence. Without doubt this is the equal of Barton, and it is great to see Poyferré perform at this level these days. Stylistically different, fleshier and more exotic perhaps, but certainly lovely quality here.
(Château Léoville Poyferré) Dark red violet color; charcoal, smoke and blackberry nose; tasty, plush, lovely palate with a touch of vanilla oak; medium finish 91+ pts. (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot)
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A great colour, and a wonderful purity on the nose, with essence of dark summer berry fruits being the order of the day, with a touch of white pepper. This has great depth and is clearly very impressive. It has a ripe, balanced, rounded composition, it is very firmly glued together, but has a sweet, harmonious character which is immediately appealing. There are ripe, svelte tannins which show through only at the finish. Very nicely judged extract. Very fine indeed.
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