The nose has a characteristic cigar/tobacco aroma, suggesting the wine is at or near maturity. The palate is smooth and supple and just about ready. A delicious wine and one that reinforces the excellent reputation of the 1996 Bordeaux vintage. Drink now to 2015. Blending proportions are unknown. More wine writing by Stuart can be found on his blog, Worcester Sauce.

WHO: Château Léoville-Poyferré
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc
WHERE: St-Julien AOC – Médoc, France
WHEN: 1996
HOW MUCH: $110

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