Chateau Léoville Poyferré 1998


Excellent breeding. However, the drier wine is not super charming. Adequate structure, muted and understated nose with tertiary flavours appearing after a good bit of glass swilling. Delicate, earthiness, a touch of fruit, leather, and a bit of spice, all build to a slightly dry astringent medium finish. I certainly prefer the more ripe vintages on this showing, as the wine feels a bit out of place. You may get more complexity with further bottle ageing.

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