Pretty ruby color, great clarity, and just barely translucent. Aromas of blackberry, currants, smoke, soy, espresso, and strawberry. The tastes are espresso, beef, black pepper, soy, unripe blackberry, cigar, vanilla, cedar, currants, and sour cherry. The tannins are stout and the acidity is notable. This finishes with old world flavors and somewhat ferocious, dry tannins. This would be fantastic with rare steak or juicy lamb dish. Complex and delicious.
Deep, dark, dense, focused, intense dry, ripe fruit....but not heavy. Great wine. Drank with petite filet. I give the edge to the '05 vintage, it had more complexity. Yes, I wish I could have waited until 2020, but tomorrow may never come. I will drink my 2010 vintage soon.
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(Château Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) A very expressive nose here, full of fruit and loaded with spicy elements on the edge, this is aromatically a very convincing wine. It is dark, savoury, and suggestive of a meaty depth. The palate is remarkably refined in view of this , with a very gentle start to it, and then a supple midpalate, revealing little, but showing a harmonious layer of supple fruit, which has a surprisingly fresh, lifted and almost crunchy edge. Alongside there are tannins slowly appearing through the middle, dark and fine-grained, barely perceptible such is their ripeness and the overall harmony of the wine. It is a wine full of grip and structure, but this backbone so very well hidden by the harmonious, polished flesh of the vintage.
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) A very deeply coloured wine again. And another crimson-purple rim. A fantastic nose here, loaded with pure and evocative fruit. Creamed blackcurrant, cassis-level richness, with touches of tar and rose petals. The palate starts off with a creamy style in keeping with the impressions on the nose, the supple and harmonious composition backed up by plenty of rolling, heavy-velvet tannins. Quite a cool, detached. elegant style despite this structure, well balanced with fresh acidity. For me, this wine has the upper hand in this vintage, but I am sure that many will prefer the delicious Poyferré. A classic Léoville-Barton? Probably not. Long-lived and delicious - given time - though? Almost certainly.
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