Ready to drink, if not fully mature, the silky, smooth, rich textures, layers of ripe, sweet, delicious fruit and the perfume, with its spicy, tobacco, truffle, mocha and dark cherry aromatics is a treat.
Decanted about two hours before drinking - this had thrown a decent amount of sediment. Classic St. Julien at peak or ever so slightly past. Lead pencil, solid fruit. Tannins fully resolved. The wine was consumed over three hours, without any decline in performance. Bottle held since release in the mid 80's in very good conditions.
Overly mature with some port like characteristics; moments of cherry and coffee and earth, but without an acidic/tannic backbone; unexciting finish. Could be an off bottle based on other CT notes. We'll see with the next one of the 5 remaining I have.
Initially, this bottle seemed to be a little off, with some tartness that dominated the finish. Once it was given some air, it settled down and improved significantly. Strangely though, this bottle seemed a bit flat and closed down. Both dark and red fruits, spice, and tobacco dominated the nose. Lacked a bit of punch in the mid-palate but still quite smooth and well balanced (once the acid presence tailed off). Still noticeable tannic structure. Ultimately, the fresh, lengthy finish became the strongest attribute of the wine. I just picked up 6 bottles, so I'll follow this for the next decade. No rush to open these.
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(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Of the three wines here this has the greatest depth of colour, yet also demonstrates the most evidence of maturity. Obvious style on the nose, the dense, pure fruit joined by complex mineral and meaty aromas. The palate has richness, but also balance and elegance. There's plenty of everything - it still has lots of fruit, and there are still some tannins on the endpalate and finish. Good acidity too. Pleasing length.
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