2005 Chateau Leoville Poyferre Saint-Julien
Had this wine on FRI evening. Opened it and left it to breath in the bottle for about 2 hours.
2005 Chateau Leoville Poyferre Saint Julien
Blend of 62% Cab sauv, 28% Merlot, 8% Petit verdot, 2% Cab franc. 13.5% alc
Dark red garnet color. The wine continued to open up over 1 h. Initially very closed and not giving up much, it started to open up after a while into a well developed and intense nose, really smoky and mineral: huge pencil shavings and ink aromas, red currant, cassis, green vegetables, cedar and even bacon fat. Beautiful and complex nose with singing Cabernet Sauvignon typicality.
Extremely tight on the palate but very well structured. As much as this wine is closed now on the palate, it has everything in place to become a grand vin in time. Fully ripen and polished tannins, a velvety mouth-feel and really well balanced. Distinctive flavors of coffee, cocoa, green vegetables and cassis on the palate. Surprisingly mineral and long finish with good grip, and a pleasant cocoa-coffee like bitterness in the aftertaste. (93/100)
This wine needs aging and I firmly believe that even a prolonged decanting would not help much at this stage. The tightness on the palate will not loosen up with aeration. What this wine needs is to be left alone for at least 5 years. The wine definitely has all the ingredients of a really grand vin. The wine’s structure and the overall impression reminded me of the 2000 Chateau Cheval Blanc I had in June this year while having lunch at the property. It can be that good in time.
Comparing the Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2003 I had in October 2010 with the 2005, I can say that by far the 2003 offers more drinking pleasure now.