From Magnum bottle. First slightly closed, but opened up significantly over the course of the evening. Very classic and old-school St-Julien aromatics of dark berries (black currant/cassis, black cherries), pine tree, spices, some cedar wood, graphite/lead pencil... all in a cool/classic style. It's medium-full bodied with high acidity and high tannin that is present but very good quality. Good length. A very impressive classic and restrained kind of Bordeaux from this vintage, that produced very classic and old-school (in the best sense of the word) tasting wines. I would give it a few more years in the bottle though. (95+)
Cigar box, tobacco, cassis, blackberry and wet earth scents pop as soon as the wine hits the glass. The fruit and tannins need more time and air before they can really be coaxed from their deep slumber. On the palate, the wine is powerful, full bodied and concentrated, with refined tannins, plush textures and layers of sweet, ripe, juicy, spicy fruits. If you enjoy young wines for their crisp fruit, you can drink this with a few hours of air, else this very strong wine will be much better, softer and more complex with another 5 more years of age. The wine was produced from a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol.
A pure pleasure-- and, at risk of adolescent-cide, it is worth trying a bottle now. I recall well my first LP, the 1967 in 1976,and the quality difference is astounding. Rich, full of 2005 fruit With only a half hour decant, little tannin.
Of course a massive wine for this estate and for St Julien, the 2005 unfolds a rich robe of dark dark almost deep concentrated cherry/blueberry in the very center of the palate, with dark cherry and some cassis on the borders, a full finish. The nose has cedar,smoke, earth and of course black cherry.
The only thing missing, compared with its neighbor LLC, is complexity. Much will develop in time but this will not be a first growth in that regard.
But so what? Fine Bordeaux 2005 accessible early is worth a lot.
Purchased as a future. Decanted for two hours. Drank over the course of a couple of hours. Color of dark red. Scents of black and dark red fruits. Tastes consistent with scents and tannins were integrated and not overpowering. Really enjoyed.
Decanted for two hours and drank leisurely with red meat entre. Wonderfully balanced, this purple palate pleaser has a mouth feel close to perfect acidity with carob, date-like note with cocoa powder facets, black current and plum. Smooth as a silk. From the glass cassis, licorice, blackberry and boysenberry, roasted tobacco leaves swafting the senses combine with a hint of cappuccino and tonka bean. A superlative accomplishment from nose to finish.
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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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