Rather smoky, dusky fruit, blackcurrant and plum. The structure is diffuse, in fact quite loose. Medium intensity and length, and probably at its best now. I don't see this improving. This was, in part, tasted alongside the 2004 and the 2004, while not a great example, was certainly better.
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(Chateau Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) A really dark colour here, and with one of the more youthful tones of all the wines here, a very bright red-black hue, still with a crimson-red edge. And the nose remains vibrantly youthful as well, a melange of smoky black fruits and violets, with just a little suggestion of black tea coming in at the edge. Lovely breadth and flesh on the palate, restrained and in keeping with the vintage, but by no means lean or thin. Substantial, with a reserved character, communicated through a dry tannic structure, but there is enough fruit to match this, and some fresh balancing acidity as well. Sappy, mouth-watering finish, Great evolution here, very early on its path to maturity, approachable although only with caution, there are still a lot of grippy tannins running around the mouth on the finish. A lovely wine with easily 10-15 years of good drinking to give yet, and perhaps much more than that.
(Château Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) A good, dark ,confident hue in the decanter here. It has a delightfully expressive nose, full of fruit, with a dark, tight, cranberry, and currant character to it. It is smoky, and with a little touch of sweetness and oak at its edge still, although it goes with time in the decanter. A lovely supple and fresh character on the palate, with a great smokiness to it on entry, with the dark and dry, curranty fruit as seen on the nose. There is a slightly bitter dryness to it, with biting acidity and with sappy-edged fruit. It has a very stylish character, with a nicely reserved and restrained poise in keeping with the vintage, but still with enough substance to keep the more casual drinker happy. Still plenty if grip and tannin in the finish though, so this has plenty to give yet.
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