Probably needs a lot more time, but after vinturi and some hang time in the glass it started to come around. Good balance and supple on the palate. Very pleasant, but not a lot of complexity right now. Revisit in 3-5 years.
We popped and tasted over 90 minutes then Decanted. Out of the bottle this wine was tar, asphalt and some chicory-like char. After 15 minutes coffee and chocolate developed throughout the flavor profile and this hung in as the dominate flavored until and hour at which point fruit emerged and the tannins unfolded. At 90 minutes, fruit was pronounced and softened to purple and black fruits, versus tight tart red currants that were forward early on. Decanting later was interesting to see how this wine unfolded but it would obviously have been more expeditious to decant immediately. The wine needs at least an hour decanted. Once open this wine is amazing. Great balance of crushed stone, round plum fruit, anis, scorched forest and other layers that shift seemlessly with the mouth and beyond. I found this wine very interesting, almost diametrically opposed to the fruit bombs many Napa cabs now pursue as archetypes...Bevan for example. Both are good but very different.
BYO lunch. Overshadowed by the Pontet Canet 2003. Nice nose of tobacco, plums and sweet fruit. This is not replicated on the palate; the fruit is muted but the tannin is not. After time the palate rounds out somewhat with some sweet plummy candied fruit but is still understated . This is pleasant but dull and suffered in comparison to the the Pontet Canet and is to be drunk sooner rather than later. I did notice that the cork emerged rather easily so maybe this is not a representative bottle.
Cigar box, wet earth, cassis, mint and dark chocolate scents pop with 10 minutes of air. Silky, soft, polished and rich, with a sweet, cherry liqueur filled, opulent finish that tastes as good as it feels. This is much better than the previous bottle. I'm really liking this wine! However, the wine does not need more than 15-30 minutes in the decanter. Also, I'll be finishing my bottles of this wine over the next decade. It's not going to be a long ager.
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(CHAT LEOVILLE POYFERRE) #1; COLOR-dark; NOSE-classic bell pepper, V8 juice, black cassis, black currant, musty (like an attic); TASTE-incredibly silky on the attack through the finish, this is a polished Old World wine w/ beautiful extracted New World fruit (hot 2003 vintage), perfect balance & harmony, extremely good, black currant & cassis, red cherries, beautiful raspberries, secondary layers of smoked tobacco, really ripe candied flavors on the finish, smooth as a wine gets, this is Ultimate Bordeaux; RP-98; GV-97+
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Dark, exotic fruit nose. Damsons, with a hint of blackcurrant. Ripe, balanced, seamless structure. It has a gentle elegance, with creamy fruit and a peppery edge. Really gentle, fine tannins and correct acidity. This is very good indeed. Certainly the equal of Léoville Barton, if not slightly ahead.
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