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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    1995 and 1994 Bordeaux (May 1996), 5/1/1996, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5 points

    (Chateau Léoville-Poyferré (St Julien)) This has a remarkable dense hue, with an obviously evolved, mahogany hue despite the near-opaque appearance. The nose has a fine aromatic quality, rich in balsamic tones, very evolved but also bright and forceful. It is also very clean - should the term balsamic suggest something vinegary let me be clear this is not so - there is nothing acetic here. Instead we have sweet perfumed black fruits, overlaid with dark liquorice with an angelica sweetness, moving into a richness that even suggests treacle toffee sprinkled with burnt raspberries. Aromatically, it is enticing and convincing. It is on the palate that the character of the vintage shows, the balsamic and liquorice fruit, mixed here with graphite, stone, black olive and tar, carried along within a surprisingly lean texture. For my palate it works well, and I like the precise edge of the texture in combination with that very savoury fruit profile, but many drinkers of modern Bordeaux may wonder where the flesh and sweetness is. This all flows through the palate very well, accepting this edgy texture, and towards the end it does indeed show a richer body, and there is a little length as well, although always with that crunchy, crushed, fruit-skin feel to it. The tannins show a little in the finish too, adding just a little sharpness, but otherwise this seems perfectly integrated now. Delicious. Drinking well, although it will keep for some time yet.
  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2005, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Lovely colour, still with depth, good intensity at the rim, and a hue that suggests youthfulness. And a classic nose, too. Stylish, very typical, mineral fruit, with some exotic soy sauce and liquorice notes. Full, structured, very dry, with grippy tannins still showing through the midpalate, good depth and texture, and more than a little extract here. Smoky, stony fruit. Short finish with some furry tannins. Just at the stage I like claret - still with fruit, but balanced, with largely integrated tannins, and showing interest and typicity. And still probably on the way up. At best over the next 5-8 years.

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