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  • 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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Originally posted by Slan:
Thanks, Eric. I've got a couple of these slumbering away but I haven't tried one yet. Do you think it's going to improve much with additional bottle age or, like many '97s, should I be drinking it up?

I can't say for sure since it was my first taste of this wine. As such, I don't know where it's coming from. At this point, this is not overly fruity and soft, but it is also largely resolved with the exception of some mild tannins on the finish. Seems at a good point.

I also have two more, and I will probably have one in 6 months and the other a year or two after that, depending on how it performs. If I can track down more I will drink them more quickly.

Anyone here have this on release?

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