98 Chateau Léoville-Poyferré ($70) ☺☺☺ 

After drinking USA wines for some time it was nice to ring the changes and try a French classic Bordeaux. In this case the Chateau Léoville-Poyferré is a 2nd Cru Classé from the St Julien area. The wine is complex with the Cabernet/Merlot blend working well to give a yummy combination of red fruit and plums all with a lovely mineral base which only the French can do. Despite being already 13 years old I still felt this had more to go and the tannins were still well structured without being over harsh. 

 

© John Holmes 2014