Léoville-Poyferré 1936-2018 (Sep 2022)

The 1990 Léoville-Poyferré is a wine that I have drunk on several occasions over the years. This ex-château example has a slightly rustic nose, maybe with a touch of VA, though the aromatics are stuffed with so much fruit that you cannot help but fall for its charms. Touches of mint and melted dark chocolate emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, impressive depth, nothing like the finesse of more recent vintages yet with satisfying depth and grip. Perhaps the summer warmth impedes more than the 1989 that I feel has more sophistication, yet this is still a thoroughly pleasurable Saint-Julien. Tasted at Saint-Julien restaurant.