Decanted for 2hrs and drank over the following hour. Largely consistent with previous notes didn't quite show as well as when I had it 2mths back (the oak seemed to stick out more prominently today). Still enjoyable. Very opulent and dense, this tastes like a wine half its age and will benefit from a decade more in the cellar.
Slow ox'ed for 4hrs and consumed over the following hour. Wow this wine was impressive. Expressive bouquet of blackberries with a hint of vanilla. Great concentration on the palate with waves of dark fruit. Medium plus finish. Still has upside from further cellaring. Tertiary notes peeking out from beneath the fruit but have not come out in full bloom yet. Wonderfully smooth and built to last. In the early stage of its drinking window but will easily last another decade or more.
The nose wasn't giving much up upon opening, but the palate was quite open with dark cherries. With air, cedar and tobacco showed and tannins remained in the background, but the nose remained muted. We drank it at Kitchen A Bistro with their delicious short ribs, and it was a beautiful pairing.
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(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A dark red-purple wine. There are aromas of dense, sweet blackcurrant fruit, cherries and minerals on the nose. The palate offers plenty of sweetness and a full, rounded texture. There's a nice weight, lots of fruit and ripe tannins in the finish. Good acidity. This is nowhere near as hard and backward as when last tasted in April 2001, and is clearly coming out of its shell. Nevertheless I would recommend another two or three years before trying another.
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A great, deep purple colour leads to a nose of cassis fruit, with a classic stony-mineral St Julien edge appearing, not present on last tasting. A fruit-packed palate, with lovely texture and impressive structure. Less austere than last time, but still a real keeper. Expect to cellar for 10 years or more.
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A dense and dark wine. Powerful, dark blackcurrant fruit. Slightly hard and austere. Similarly austere on the palate, with deep, rich fruit and a good tannic backbone. A big yet balanced wine.
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