Harvested September 21 to October 7, yielding 235,000 bottles. This vintage of Léoville-Poyferré displays quite hard oak tannins and is really rather charmless, lacking the elegance and charm that distinguishes it in better years. Nonetheless the structure of the wine suggests the capacity to age to 2015–20+. The blend is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 6% 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: 2006
HOW MUCH: $60

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