Starting to hit its maturity window, though I'd prefer it to age 2-3 more years. Decanted for 2 hours. A pretty wine with good structure... More feminine that I was expecting, but delicious none the less. Black fruit, lavinder, touch of licorice with grainy tannins that should smooth out with age. Secondary characteristics starting to come through with tobacco, cedar, and burnt embers.
This needed two hours in the decanter before it was even approachable...I had a tentative sip after 30 mins and the phenolics were overwhelming. It has a serious claret nose of maraschino, blackberry, leather, graphite and maybe a little smoke. The palate shows pleasing fruit with lifting acidity, a hit of oak and some vanilla on the finish. Tannins are initially robust and crunchy, becoming silkier as they relax their grip over time. This will keep for sure, but with an adequate decant it's drinking okay now.
Decanted for about 30mins before drinking and this didn't show much for me. May have been a bad bottle since this didn't seem to be anything like previous bottles. Felt very muted and closed, so maybe it was just in a slumbering state.
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(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Darker in character, and more exotic than the Léoville-Barton on the nose, although it still seems quite tightly packed together, with restrained and dark fruit closely intertwined with smoky, exotic aromas. It starts off very gentle and composed on the palate, before opening out to show some ripe peppery tannins, firm acidity and a nice, vinous style. This has good substance, plenty of grip in the mouth, and a firm, meaty finish. This is very nicely held together, and overall is very good indeed.
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