A total of 240,000 bottles were produced from a harvest that stretched from September 30 to October 18. The nose is earthy and is already showing some cigar aromas—this wine is starting to mature. Quite a smooth texture on the palate but it lacks the richness of 2005. Drink 2012–17. The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. More wine writing by Stuart can be found on his blog, Worcester Sauce.

WHO: Château Léoville-Poyferré
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
WHERE: St-Julien AOC – Médoc, France
WHEN: 2004
HOW MUCH: $60

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