With a smoky, licorice, cigar box, cassis and blackberry filled perfume, the wine is soft, round, polished and ready to go. It's close to 20 years of age and if you've been holding your bottles, it's really time to pop a cork. The wine was popped and poured.
Opened by Mark at dinner at Salt of the Earth in Fennville, MI. Decanted about 30 minutes before we drank it. Deep Crimson color. Notes of cedar, currants and tobacco. Pronounced but integrated tannins. Round and lush finish. Medium to full bodied. No rush to drink but I thought it was in a sweet spot for my tastes. 94 points
Perfect condition bottle bought in 1999 and stored in temperature controlled conditions. Big nose of blackcurrant and cedar then undergrowth finally giving way to graphite and plums. Lots of very soft tannins and some bitterness on the finish. Very persistent. Would have scored higher if it had some more charm but an excellent wine nonetheless. Starting it's downhill slide.
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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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