Decanted 2 hours. Wonderfully open and complex nose suggesting a big vintage with plenty of fruit and many layers. Green herbs and pencil shavings on top, beef stock in the middle and cassis and tobacco on the bottom. The 35% merlot shows through with blueberry notes all over. Medium body, quite elegant with refreshing acidity, extremely well integrated wood taking into account that this has seen 80% new wood. Overall very very nice now, albeit just a tad shut down. Will blossom into something akin to the great left bank 1990's I think. 10 years more...half a case left.
No sign of bricking. Dark garnet to the edge, but plenty of sediment Deeply saturated flavors of dark fruits, anise, fresh acidity to balance. Long on the palate. Needs at least an hour in a decanter to open up. Tighter than the last bottle, which was delightful right out of the bottle.
Review: I'm disappointed to see I never posted on this years ago! We had this in Chicago in Aug 2012 to commemorate our anniversary year. At that time, I thought it was waaaaayyyyy too young - completely impenetrable, even after hours of air. Tonight this was absolutely beautiful. From 750ml, decanted for hours in the morning, resealed then served 10 hrs later. Elegant. Complex. Vastly superior to the sum of all its parts. Truly worth seeking. Thanks, JW!
The first of my case, and wonderful. Better even than the '96. Still young, but smooth tannins with fresh acitity and aromas too complex for my descriptive powers. Not cheap anymore, but still worth buying.
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(Château Léoville Poyferré) From magnum - very dark purple red violet color; ripe berry, mulberry, black fruit, tart currant nose; rich, black fruit, tart currant, French oak palate; medium-plus finish