garnet, some bricking, great nose, medium bodied, cassis, pain grille, leather and cedar yet remains somewhat sturdy and lacks the silkiness of Poyferre (as do most vintages in my opinion) a nice aged bordeaux, paired great with dinner. two bottles. 88-90
Vertical tasting with 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2004. At the beginning, I thought I like 1999 the best, 1998 has a slight green hint. However after half an hour, the 1998 opened up a lot more and it's become my favourite. 2004 seemed a bit closed yesterday. I'm neutral on 1995, which seemed a bit thin.
7th of 24, perfect fill, not decanted but opened an hour, previous notes since 2012 fine or better - deepish garnet, little rim development; primary blackcurrant, some tobacco, liquorice and earth, fresh and ripe; medium full, very long, persistent, still unresolved slightly dusty tannins but well covered by fresh, ripe black fruit, decent grip and balance, drinking well but almost going back into shell a little and becoming more serious, on this showing these 99s are underestimated. Fine plus (18/20).
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(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) This has a good colour, just fading a little bit but this is quite appropriate for the vintage. Obvious advancing maturity on the nose, with a bloody, beefy, iron nail character. Rather severe style on the palate, very precise and perhaps even austere. Hard-edged tannins, reserved, even brutal. There is some decent fruit, but I'm a little concerned as to how this well pan out. Will there be anything of interest left when the tannins have resolved? Nevertheless, there is appeal in parts.