Very dark in colour, almost purple, glossy. Nose is at first dominated by oak, lots of vanilla, some dark fruit and spices. Very tight on the palate, powerful but ripe tannins, some good fruit underneath, good structure and very decent length. 91-92+
Deep ruby colour not totally opaque though. Oak Wood dominates nose, very Poyferre in that respect. Redcurrant and blackcurrant on palate. Very fresh, crunch fruit. Powdery tannins. Structured but lacking a little in fruit, not sure if there's enough to support structure. Not long.
Opened less than an hour before tasting. Very dark purple. Lovely, complex nose. Wonderful fruit and tannic balance. IMO overly oaky. Quite young and at least two years from ready to drink. Should be quite pleasant when comes around.
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(Château Léoville-Poyferré (St Julien)) The blend this year is Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 30% with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot 6% each. Aromatically this wine feels more open and expressive than the Barton, but exotic too, with very perfumed fruit. What follows on the palate is very impressive, with great richness, huge density, very creamy and polished, and certainly substantial. But gosh, the tannins here are absolutely massive, charcoaly, dense and the extraction here hasn't been reined in one bit, If anything, it has been pushed to the absolute limit. This gives the wine much more weight than Léoville-Barton. In all honesty the tannins have a dark and chewy style which feels just too worked. A striking character here, very impressive but not very harmonious. This will need decades in the cellar, and will give years of difficult drinking along the way. It is a remarkable wine, but will the fruit outlive the tannin? I certainly have my doubts.
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