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This Saint Julien gem is getting harder and harder to find. One of the few estates to perform better in 2003 than 2005.
I have had this wine three times out of bottle, rating it 97 once and 98 twice. It is a colossal success and a potential legend in the making. Its saturated, dense inky/blue/purple color offers up notes of crushed rocks, acacia flowers, blueberries, ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Leoville-Poyferre 750ml
I have had this wine three times out of bottle, rating it 97 once and 98 twice. It is a colossal success and a potential legend in the making. Its saturated, dense inky/blue/purple color offers up notes of crushed rocks, acacia flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, and creme de cassis. A synthesis of power and elegance, this multi-layered wine has spectacular concentration, sweet but high tannin, and low acidity. A stunning effort that showcases this legendary terroir, it is a brilliant, brilliant success. The quintessential Leoville Poyferre? Anticipated maturity: 2009andndash;2030.
This fabulous 1996 was tasted three times from bottle, and it is unquestionably the estatersquo;s finest wine since their blockbuster 1990. Medium to full-bodied with a saturated black/purple color, the nose offers notes of cedar, jammy black fruits, smoke, truffles, and subtle new oak. In the mouth, there is impressive fruit extraction, a tannic, full-bodied structure, and a classic display of power and finesse. The longer it sat in the glass, the more impressive the wine became. Backward, and massive in terms of its extract and richness, this should prove to be a sensational Leacute;oville-Poyferre for drinking over the next three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2028.
Sitting between the acclaimed Leacute;oville Las Cases and Leacute;oville Barton, Poyferreacute; has long been the overlooked middle child, thanks to decades of inconsistent wines. No longer. After years of work by managing director Didier Cuvelier and the help of enologist Michel Rolland, the estate produced its highest scoring wine ever in 2003. Cuvelier worked diligently, rebuilding his chai, increasing the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in his blend and upping the quotient of new oak. The 2003 is the payoff.
Seemingly ripe as a Rhone, this vintage of Poyferreacute; smells of crushed blackberries when first opened, and tastes like a soup of black currants. Itrsquo;s not until two days later that the wine begins to take some form, a firm, stolid structure building around all the fruit, a stone cavern to surround all its succulent glory. A super-ripe powerhouse of the vintage, this will be a choice for game in six to eight yearsrsquo; time.
The rsquo;98 is equally black, and seems more exotic in its ripeness. the blackberry and herb fruit descends into severe tannins and almost disappears, but then itrsquo;s back, plummy, concentrated, lasting in the end with the scent of a red rose. Perhaps itrsquo;s the complete arc of the rsquo;99 that Cuvelier prefers; the wine lays all its cards on the table. the rsquo;98 is not as clean, fresh and forthright; it seems more traditional Bordeaux.
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