While clearly short of the 82 Las Cases, this was still a good showing for the Poyferre, having apparently progressed well in the last few years. On the nose, black plum, black currant, clove, faint cinnamon, and little too much wood. A sweetness to the palate with black raspberry, although buttressed by black walnut flavors and faint spice. Well rounded and quite enjoyable.
Wine group dinner for Aniko at Yans China Bistro with Alex Yan doing the cooking. My #2 and Group #2. Lovely nose of black cherry fruit, tar, and cassis, more of the same on the palate, lots of cabernet flavors on the mid palate, medium/big body, improved greatly as the evening went on, lighter style than the others but much, much richer, long finish and flavorful aftertaste.
A bit richer and more expressive, complex than the 1983 on the nose. More generous, less drying, smoother, less powerful, but really harmonious and balanced, with a wonderful intensity of flavours. The structure is just superb. Very persistent and long. An absolutely lovely wine and a close second behind the stunning 1990. No rush at all drinking this. 94-96
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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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