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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17 points

    (Château Léoville-Poyferré (St Julien)) The colour in the decanter is really quite vibrant, showing a deeper hue with no great maturity to its tones. Yes, there is a slight hint of oxblood to it at the rim, but overall it has plenty of deep and dark pigment suggesting freshness and depth. Aromatically there are plenty of positive notes, a real blast of liquorice and high-toned black fruits at first, as it settles in the decanter and the glass revealing more interest, although not in an entirely desirable manner. There is a mature, savoury, suggestion of sweetly braised beef on the nose, with a gamey touch which I like. There are also fleeting touches of green though, nuances of green olive, eucalyptus and sharp fruit; happily it is not domineering, and there is plenty of red-black fruit substance here as well. A good freshness on the palate, full and rich, with a really grippy structure through the middle. The vintage has a reputation for being tannic and hard, but the tannins here give a really appealing frame for the rest of the palate, and there is certainly good weight and fresh, bright acidity too. This comes through in the finish, which has a semi-sour bite and fine acids. The greener notes found on the nose do not really come through on the palate. The fruit has a bright raspberry and blackcurrant tone even after all these years. It has a really appealing supple weight through the middle, with a soft and cleanly fading finish. Overall an appealing wine with a vigorous finish. What it lacks is finesse and the multi-faceted complexity ageing wines can bring. There are some notes of black tea leaves, but little else, There is time ahead for this wine, admittedly, but I'm not convinced it will suddenly blossom. To describe it as foursquare would be a bit mean, but it is certainly a bold and substantial rather than multifaceted wine. Good with venison, though!

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