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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
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.
Firm and balanced, with somewhat intense currant and cedar aromas and flavors. A solid wine that wonrsquo;t disappoint, but wonrsquo;t wow either. Drink now.
Wow, this wine has really come on strong. A brilliant effort, it boasts an opaque purple color in addition to a gorgeously sweet nose (make that explosive nose) of blackberries and creme de cassis intermixed with minerals, smoke, and earth. The 2000 is opulent, full-bodied, and much more accessible than either of its two Leacute;oville siblings, Leoville Las Cases or Leoville Barton, with low acidity, sweet tannin, and a layered, sumptuous finish. It continues to improve dramatically and looks to be a great success, rivaling the brilliant 1996 and 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2009ndash;2030.
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: 2009ndash;2030.
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.
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Dietary Information: Kosher
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