Pavillon de Leoville Poyferre, AOC Saint Julien, Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France, 2010
This wine: lot No. LPLP1001 153B14 (below front label), a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 8% petit verdot, 2% cabernet franc; coated natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, BBR, £22.50 (03/14)
Consumer tasting note: fully developed left bank Bordeaux, the second wine of Chateau Leoville Poyferre, which for me shows signature aromas of black currant and cedar, with richer black berry liqueur and black cherry on the palate. Finishes medium.
Drink now – RTD, and will hold for 2-3 years – Wait. Double decant and wait an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a tiny quantity of soft sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of toast, spice, cumin, the toast then lifting to reveal a developing whiff of rich blackcurrant juice, squashed ripe black berry, black currant boiled sweets, a rich floral nuance, candle wax with a slight lactic edge, cedar, steak fat, leaf humus, developing hints of liquorice.
Palate: dry, high acidity, ripe fine grained medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of black berry liqueur, black cherry, cedar and slight savouriness in the aftertaste. A medium length, with a clean finish of black fruit with a slight savoury edge.
Quality: very good, well balanced very fresh acidity with fine grained tannins; a sound intensity throughout with slightly lesser concentration, showing a better than moderate developing complexity, though a bit weak in mid-palate, with evidence of time in wood (cedar, cumin, spice, toast) and in bottle (cedar, leaf humus, savoury, steak fat). Finishes firm medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will hold for 2-3 years – a sound structure and balance, developing well with a broad primary-secondary-tertiary sensory balance, but without the qualities ie concentration, complexity and length, to warrant further cellaring.