1999 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien
Wine & Spirits
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A perfumed bouquet of flowers, jammy cassis, sweet oak, and truffles jumps from the glass of this ripe, classic, mid-weight claret. The wine is elegant rather than powerful. It possesses intense fruit, admirable ripeness as well as balance, and a long finish. Enjoy this beautiful, sexy Poyferré over the next 12-14 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium-deep red. Redcurrant, cedar and minerals on the nose, along with a cool minty aspect. Then sweet and supple in the mouth, with good flavor intensity and thrust but moderate nuance. Can't match the 2000 or 2001 for volume but finishes with ripe tannins and good length.
Delicious red. Plenty of plum and blackberry character on the nose. Medium-bodied, with light silky tannins and a delicate, fruity finish. Best after 2003.
Léoville-Poyferré made a delicious wine in 1999. The nose has a tiny whiff of sweet cola. It has juicy up-front flavors of dark chocolate and raspberry cassis that carry through. This estate continues to crank out top-notch, user-friendly wines. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.