1997 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien

SKU #110563 Jancis Robinson

 Broad and browning rim. Very peppery nose, some mushroom notes and still lots of spiced capsicum on the palate. Surprising weight given this more cedary, leafy vintage. Tannins rather grainy.  (5/2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium ruby with purple nuances, this ripe St.-Julien exhibits delicious, sweet cassis fruit mixed with high quality toasty oak. The wine possesses fat, accessible fruit flavors, attractive glycerin, and no hardness. Neither big nor muscular, it is a medium-bodied, elegant, savory, charming, and delicious effort to be enjoyed over the next 6-7 years.  (4/2000)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Quickly evolving aromas of plum, tobacco, roasted nuts and smoke. Smooth and vinous in the mouth, with game and leather notes. A wine of only moderate depth but not flaccid or short.  (5/2000)

Wine Spectator

 A sexy wine for the vintage, with lovely cherry, berry and vanilla character. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish.  (1/2000)

K&L Notes

Neal Martin's notes: "A slightly pale garnet core. The nose is well-defined but lacking a little complexity with blackberry, a touch of sandalwood and tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good acidity and attractive blackberry and tobacco flavours with a linear but well-defined finish. Moderate length. A little conservative on the finish but not bad at all for the vintage. Certainly less green than its last showing. Drink now. Tasted March 2008." (Wine Journal, eRobertParker.com, 5/2008)

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Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.