2005 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Wine Tasting Note


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Fresh, vibrant and juicy, with strong notes of tobacco, cedar, smoke, roasted fruits, espresso, thyme and currants. The wine is full-bodied and filled with ripe, crisp red berries, which come with a firm tannic grip that even with all this fruit, demands at least 4-5 more years to finish softening and rounding out. The wine is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.

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Even in its adolescent years, it is hard not to find this thrilling to drink. Luscious, sensuous and concentrated, the tannins are ripe, the fruits combine freshness and purity and the finish just keeps on going. Drink now with 2 hours of air or wait a decade. Regardless, this is really stellar juice!

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Cigar box, tobacco, cassis, blackberry and wet earth scents pop as soon as the wine hits the glass. The fruit and tannins need more time and air before they can really be coaxed from their deep slumber. On the palate, the wine is powerful, full bodied and concentrated, with refined tannins, plush textures and layers of sweet, ripe, juicy, spicy fruits. If you enjoy young wines for their crisp fruit, you can drink this with a few hours of air, else this very strong wine will be much better, softer and more complex with another 5 more years of age. The wine was produced from a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol.

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Still dark in color, this looks like a new wine. Espresso bean, smoke, vanilla, boysenberry, blackberry and licorice notes fill your glass. The wine is full bodied, concentrated, long, deep, fresh, clean and balanced on the palate. The round silky tannins push along wave after wave of berries that move from black to red and back to black again. The wine is very young as you would expect. Give the beauty up to a decade before popping a cork and enjoy the ride.

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This is packed and stacked with sweet, ripe, black fruits, oak and soft tannins. There is ample fruit and structure to allow this wine to age and evolve for decades.

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Leoville Poyferre Glass Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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

Chateau Leoville Poyferre can be enjoyed on the young side with a several hours of decanting. However, I find it too tannic and powerful young to be fun to taste. The wine is usually better with 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.

The estate produces two additional wines; Moulin-Riche, which comes from a specific 21 hectare parcel of vines in the St. Julien appellation that was purchased back in 1920 by the Cuvelier family. At one point in time, Moulin Riche was considered to be the second wine of Leoville Poyferre, but that is not the case today.

Now, the second wine of Leoville Poyferre is actually Pavillon de Leoville Poyferre. The family also owns a successful negociant company that they started in 1804, H. Cuvelier and Fils.