- 1997 Château Léoville Poyferré - St. Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France (10/20/2004)
Served with seared Ahi, watercress, balsamic-caramelized red onions and white rice.
This is clearly Poyferré. The nose is a little bit horsey, but it also shows gravel, charcoal and red fruit. The palate is juicy and a bit tart with bright, red fruit, loads of minerality and a leathery texture. Mmm, I just love the gravel here, and it is so reminiscent of the 1999 and 2000 Poyferre. The finish is sweet with slightly chalky, drying tannins, plenty of grip left to resolve, perhaps a bit more than the available fruit. By comparison to the aforementioned vintages, this is a bit thin with a hint of astringency, but at less than $30 a bottle this is a steal and a great wine for a weeknight. Yum! I'm very glad to have two more. (88 pts.)
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