Tasted blind along side the 1998 Leoville Barton and 1998 Leoville Las Cases from half bottles. This wine stood out of the three, because the fruit was more red and elegant and it had a pronounced green streak that was either rolled tobacco or some herbal note. The wine was the smoothest on the palate and the easiest to drink. Over time some funk came out, not barnyard brett but clearly a funkiness. This wine was the easiest of the three to appreciate but the least impressive or complex. Still it was a wonderful wine. I think it is ready now and was probably read 5 years ago as well.
Deep colour, fragrant nose with fruits and tobacco. Rich palate, sweet ripe mostly red fruits, herbs and cedar underneath. Lush but balanced texture. Double decanted, was very good from the beginnng, but better with more air after a while, so I suggest decanting ca 2 hrs before pouring back in the bottle and starting to drink. Perfect drinking window now-2020, but with more complexity from 2020-2030. 92+
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(Leoville-Poyferre) A glorious wine if a bit young. Tobacco, rich cassis fruits, some spicey oak and minerality on the nose. The palate is quite massive with extremeley concentrated fruit and thrilling ripeness but wonderful smokey, tobacco, mineral character. Sweet and ripe tannins carry the finish. Excellent acids too.
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Another intense, red-purple wine. The nose doesn't give too much - some sweet mineral-edged fruit. Quite classy. Bags of structure on the palate. It's a massive, hard wine, with hidden fruit and plenty of tannin. Moderate acidity. Five years in the cellar needed here.
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