2000 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2000 Château Léoville Poyferré  (St. Julien) 96

Almost there, the past few years have added a lot of softness and roundness to the texture, allowing all the sweet ripe, dark red currants and blackberries, accompanied by tobacco, cedar, espresso, forest floor, and smokey nuances to shine through. Full-bodied, with the right touch of polish to the tannins giving the wine an elegant finish. 96 Points

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Just beautiful. The wine has concentration, richness, elegance and layers of sweet dark, earthy, fresh, spicy fruits. There is a purity to the fruit and softness to the tannins that allows this to taste and feel great. Drink now with an hour of air, or age it another decade for more secondary charm. 95 Points

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Showing some lightening at the edge, the wine is silky, soft, polished and developing, spicy, earthy, tobacco and truffle characteristics. Still young, but beginning to open and display its qualities, the finish is long, supple, concentrated, fresh and clean. 96 Points

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Beautiful attention grabbing aromatics filled with licorice, cherry, smoke, coffee, truffle, cassis, earth and spice pair perfectly with the rich, supple textures. Still young, another 10 years will add a lot to the long, concentrated, silky, round, black and red, spicy fruit filled finish. 96 Points

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With an explosive perfume of coffee, black cherry, black berry, truffle, tobacco, spice box, smoke and cloves, this wine takes off and keeps on going. The texture is plush, opulent and fleshy, but there is the right amount of acidity to allow the wine to feel fresh and lively. With a long, pure, plum and black cherry finish, this beautiful expression of Leoville Poyferre leaves a great impression. This is the third time I’ve tasted this wine in a month and every bottle has been great. With prices for 2009 and 2010, this is the wine to buy and cellar. 97 Points

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Leoville Poyferre Jammy berries, boysenberry, coffee, smoke, chocolate, black raspberry, spice, black cherry and earthy aromas pop from the glass. With opulent, round, silky tannins, this full bodied, concentrated, ripe, fruit filled St. Julien wine is developing perfectly. With another 5 years of bottle age, this plush Bordeaux wine should improve while offering the sublime 1982 Poyferre a run for the money. 95 Points

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Filled with smoke, spice, black fruit, cassis and caramel. This Bordeaux is rich and concentrated, the tannins are ripe and round. This is a very plush, opulent and stylish Leoville Poyferee. 95 Points

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With a complex perfume of tobacco, cassis, herbs and blackberry. Big, concentrated and filled with ripe, lush fruit. Great concentration and everything was in balance. The finish was long, clean and fresh. 95 Points

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When to Drink Chateau Leoville Poyferre, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Leoville Poyferre can be enjoyed on the young side with several hours of decanting. However, I find it too tannic and powerful young to be fun to taste. The wine is usually better at 10-15 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character.

In the best years, the wine will best between 15 and 35 years of age after the vintage. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-4 hours or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Leoville Poyferre with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Leoville Poyferre is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Leoville Poyferre is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Leoville Poyferre is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.

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