Wow this blew me away. 2nd bottle was much better than the first one. Absolutely spectacular. Smooth, velvety, silky, and tremendous from start to finish. Wonderful unique ruby red color. This was fantastic on day 1 and day 2.
not evolving as much as I hoped....it's exhibiting a similar development profile as many other 09s I own which is not encouraging: big, rich and devoid of terrior.
It's still early, I hope I'm eventually wrong about the evolution of these wines but I'm starting to wish I dedicated more to the 10s than the 09s. Across a broad sample the Evangile has been my favorite
First I have to say I am not a big French wine drinker. We drink a lot of high end Napa cult cabs. So the french wines are very different. Upon first sip its lighter in body, darker ruby red color, with light edges. The color is really amazing. A beautiful dark Violet color. Nose of black berries and flowers. Good fruit up front with a lighter mouth feel. Easy to drink. Not heavy what so ever. Flavors of raspberry candy, flowers, oak, dust. The finish just wasn't all together upon opening. It finished somewhat off from what a bottle at this price should deliver. Parker said it will drink best from 2018 on. So maybe it just needs time to come around. The potential is there for 100 points.
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(Château Léoville-Poyferré (St Julien)) A touch darker than the Léoville-Barton in the glass, this has the greater accessibility sometimes seen in Léoville-Poyferré at this stage, with a more seductive and nutty edge from the oak, and the fruit showing a more fleshy, sexy forest fruit and bramble character. It certainly has immediate appeal. The palate is very primary and everything is there in certain measure, with polished forest fruits accompanied by a building wall of tannin which comes through to express itself fully on the midpalate, a rare finding in this vintage where flesh and sweet substance generally rule at this stage it seems. But there is fruit there, and the tannins are ripe, meaty, almost chocolatey, and they do not seem out of kilter with the rest of the wine. In fact, it tasted more how I would expect Bordeaux to taste at this age....but with knobs on. Very impressive, clearly a wine set for decades in the cellar, and the end result may well be stunning.
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) An intensely black hue at the core here, with a vibrant blue-crimson rim. The nose has some very rich and meaty fruit, with a great smoky depth. Creamed fruit character, dense but evocative. The palate is rather cool and detached on entry, with a supple layer of fruit. Underneath, a bold, spicy layer of acidity. The tannins are ripe and well managed, coating the mouth, taking the wine forward into a crisply defined and spicy finish. Very long too. Delicious and very well made wine; I prefer its Barton contemporary, but maybe that's just me. So many prefer Poyferré these days.
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