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Second growth Léoville Poyferré, Saint Julien, seems to
be on form in the challenging vintages of 1997 and 1998: both these wines are deeply
impressive, with the 1998 probably having the edge. Second wine Moulin Riche is also
impressive in a slightly low key way. I was less impressed by the wines of sister St
Estèphe property Château Le Crock, although these were very good in a different style.
Interestingly, the second wine from this estate, Château La Croix, was a little more
impressive than its big brother, perhaps because it is more forward at this stage.
Château Moulin Riche 1997, St Julien
Deep red/black colour. Slightly muted nose with minerals, smoke and a leafy edge. Classic
palate showing ripe fruit, firm tannins and good balance. Not a big wine but still could
age some. Very good
Château Moulin Riche 1998, St Julien
Deep red/black colour. Despite the slightly muted nose this is a powerful wine, with a
bold, concentrated, dense palate. The firm tannins suggest this has great potential to
develop. Very good+
Château Le Crock 1996, St Estèphe
Deep purple/red colour. Nice minerally nose, and with a herbal edge to fruit on the
palate. Medium bodied with good balance. Very good.
Château Le Crock 1998, St Estèphe
Youthful purple/black colour, with a herby fruity nose. The palate is medium bodied and
displays firm tannins. This one could age nicely. Good/very good.
Château Le Croix 1998, St Estèphe
Second wine of Le Crock, this is currently drinking better than its big brother. Deep
red/purple colour, with sweet smoky fruit. Concentrated and dense on the palate with firm
tannins. Very youthful and quite impressive. Very good+
Château Léoville Poyferré 1997, St Julien
Lovely, ripe herby/smoky nose is followed up with concentrated ripe fruit on the palate.
Very attractive, showing nice balance, and drinkable now. Very good/excellent
Château Léoville Poyferré 1998, St Julien
Exotic nose: ripe and menthol-laced, smoky and herby. This is a huge wine. On the palate
rich ripe fruit and new oak are nicely integrated, and the dense tannins indicate a
promising future. Excellent.