Château Léoville Poyferre, Saint-Julien 2002

Leoville Poyferre 2002

A fullish, immature ruby red color.  Pitched high on the nose: ample, ripe, stylish and a bit toasty.  Lots of charm on the palate; a most attractive core of warm blackberry and blackcherry fruit, medium-full.  Quite oaky and a little extracted so a bit less relaxed than the very best St. Juliens.  Suave, well-covered tannin.  There is enough zip here to make this work.  A successful, modern-styled St. Julien.  A fine bottle.  No shame in drinking now.  Prolly somewhere between ages thirteen and eighteen is the prime drinking window.  Now – 2022.

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