A bored, thirsty night so I decided to pull the cork of the only one Bordeaux in half to cheer myself. 2004 in Bordeaux is classic, which sandwiched between the great, legendary vintage – 2003 & 2005. Therefore, Bordeaux from 2003 & 2005 vintages often asked for hefty prices while 2004 remained affordable, just like the 2001 which after 2000, the beginning of the many legendary vintages of century in 2000s.
Chateau Leoville Poyferre, one of the three Leovilles (second growth in Bordeaux 1855 Classification) in St-Julien, Bordeaux along with Chateau Leoville Barton & Chateau Leoville Las Cases. Poyferre has softer tannin, texture which allow for better drinking than Barton and Las Cases, however, a 2004 Poyferre in half is still pretty tight when first opened. For sure the 2004 is not the best of Poyferre I have had and I still preferred the 2005 followed by 1996 and 1989, but it did deliver the drinking pleasure after 2hrs that I’m asking from a reasonable price, classic claret in a not casual night. My night turned out great.
2004 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Note from the back label -> The Chateau has been owned by the Cuveliar family since 1920. Rigorous work from the vine to the bottle allows the exceptional St-Julien Terroir to be revealed. Intense color, balance, elegance, finesse, velvety texture and complexity are constant in all vintages.
-> 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
From half. Bright deep ruby core with purplish hue. Pop and poured. Tight, austere nose and palate but with excellent focus and transparency, fine-grained tannin, oak infused flavor on the palate with very fine texture, austere finish. 2hrs later, the wine started to unfold itself with more focus, expressive aromas of blackberry fruits, pencil leads, capsicum, coffee, floral and chalky mineral. Bright flavors on the rich, complex palate with great balance of ripe blackberry fruits, earth, spices, coffee and very fine, lively acidity, most importantly, not being sweet and heavy. The freshness and vibrancy really strike me. Mid level of tannin and oak remained un-evolved, but this is nicely cover by the fruits and acid spine. Fine, detail medium length juicy finish with coffee, mineral aftertaste. A classic St-Julien that keep me asked for more. I will certainly get some for the cellar.