Healthy colour again, less evolved than Palmer and Calon Segur. Expressive nose with good fruit, notes of tobacco, spices and earth - lovely. On the palate surprisingly firm still, great texture with lots of fruit and acidity. Very good length. Not incredibly complex, but very well balanced. Joint 3rd for me - the group liked it less (7/10). 91-93
30 years of 1985 Bordeaux at The Papies (The Papies, Elizabeth St, London): Double decanted and left to res in the bottle for 2 hours or so. Solid cork and very good fill. 3 years since had this last (same batch) and it performed very well indeed albeit not our top wine of the evening. Richer and denser than expected, very lively wine and does not seem to let go at the age of 30. Silky but firm tannin, lots of substance, good acidity and for more than a few of our friends a favourite. Very good wine and very enjoyable. Was Consistently a 93 from us but today a 95. Would suggest drinking it now.
A bouquet of floral notes amongst boysenberry black raspberry dark purple red, generous with fruits as are most classified growths at this time. Velvet tannins , short finish drink now as we thought it would last longer when consumed a year ago. Surprisingly losing the brilliance tight structure of a year ago. Note: a bottle from the same case same storage. Drink this up now
Garnet appearance. The condition of this bottle was good not great - the wine was a little thin in places and over the hill which doesn't seem consistent with other notes. That said, there was some magic in this. Some elusive, ephemeral barnyard herbaceous characteristics. Writing from memory but this was vets enjoyable. Double-decanted.
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(Château Léoville Poyferré) Bricking dark red violet color; tobacco, tart red currant, light herb, coffee nose; polished, elegant, silky textured, ripe currant, tart cherry palate with fine tannins; medium-plus finish
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A good colour, although also demonstrating some maturity. The nose is much more vibrant and typical than those of the preceding two wines. It is dense, with plenty of blackcurrant fruits, minerals and rose petals. Textbook St Julien. Great balance and fluidity on the palate, the hallmark for me of the 1985 vintage. Correct, integrated tannins and acidity. Overall supple, attractive and very approachable. Wonderful stuff.
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