2005 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $200)

SKU #1020967 98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The 2005 vintage was surprisingly strong for Léoville-Poyferré, which I had tied with Mouton-Rothschild for second place just after Haut-Brion. The blend was 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc. Picking began on 26 September with the Merlot and finished on 8 October. The wine was aged in 75% new casks. The ripe blackcurrant and plum fruit showed some well-integrated notes of cedar, smoke, and earth that remain very youthful. The feel on the palate is substantial but very elegant. The tannins are firm and solid but not astringent. The overall impression is one of well-balanced power, and the finish was subtle and long. (CC) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

97 points Jane Anson

Outer quote mark Clearly speaks of the character and success of the vintage, just so coiled and ready to spring with a few hours in a carafe or in the glass. Unrolls and inches forward, a perfectly controlled, well-judged mix of textured, brambled berry fruits alongside tight juicy blackcurrant, liqourice and chocolate. Touches of smoked cedar also, still at the start of the drinking plateau at 16 years old, no need to open quite yet but this is superlative, seductive stuff. Inner quote mark (7/2021)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very clear and translucent with currants, blueberries and fresh mushrooms. Full-bodied with velvety tannins that are layered and beautiful. Together and polished with plushness and beauty. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points The Wine Independent

Outer quote mark Medium brick in color, the 2005 Leoville Poyferre sails out of the glass with fragrant notes of creme de cassis, Morello cherries, and fruitcake with hints of dried roses, star anise, cigar box, and dried mint plus a hint of cast-iron pan. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers a fantastic backbone of firm, fine-grained tannins and racy acidity supporting the layer upon layer of perfumed black fruits, finishing long and mineral-tinged. Inner quote mark (6/2022)

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