Clear purple. Fragrant nose of smoke and cedar. Silky palate with medium weight and a relatively austere finish. A delicious unpretentious claret which pairs beautifully with food. One of the reasons I love Bordeaux - even a mediocre vintage can still deliver so much pleasure.
Pnp and drank over 3h. Dark garnet with translucent rim. Nice nose with dark fruit and forest floor, on the palate medium bodied, the fruit is still fairly juicy but cannot entirely stand up to the plentitude of wood spices, earth and tobacco. Fine to medium tannins. Very nice and drink now, nevertheless the Langoa Barton is the better St Julien in this vintage
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(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) An intense red-purple wine, like many in this flight. Initially very closed on the nose, but opens up to reveal dense, ripe, sweet fruit. An impressive presence on the palate, stuffed full of sweet fruit. Good acidity. Slightly hard texture, but less prominent tannin than some of the other wines. Five years in the cellar needed here.
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