Chateau Leoville Poyferre St. Julien Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Chateau Leoville Poyferre History, Overview

Traditionally, Bordeaux estates were named after their owners or founders. But histories path to the ownership of Chateau Leoville Poyferre is a long and winding road shared with Chateau Leoville Las Cases starting all the way back in 1638.

Jean de Moytie a member of the Bordeaux Parliament owned a Bordeaux vineyard. Moytie called it Mont-Moytie. Mont-Moytie was one of the first chateaux in the Medoc to produce wine along with Chateau Margaux and La Tour de Saint-Lambert, which we know as today as Chateau Latour . The domaine remained in the family for almost 100 years. Through marriage, the estate ended up as part of the de Gascq family. Alexandre de Gascq renamed Mont-Moytie as Leoville, or Lionville.

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The Leoville estate was at the forefront of Bordeaux vineyard management at the time. Some of their ideas seemed odd at first to many growers, but today many of their vineyard practices are still widely in use. For example, they changed the grape varieties in the vineyards to allow for vines that produced smaller berries, giving the wine more concentration. They trellised the rows with pinewood. They began aging their wine in oak barrels, which they kept clean using a sulfur solution. While we take these practices for granted today, in those days, they were wild ideas! By the time Alexandre de Gascq died, with his steady purchasing of Bordeaux vineyard land, Leoville was one of the biggest vineyards in Bordeaux at more than 200 hectares!

The Saint Julien property was divided in 1840. Pierre Jean de Las Cases, the oldest son received a share, which became Château Leoville Las Cases. His sister, Jeanne, passed on her share to her daughter, wife of Baron Jean-Marie Poyferre de Ceres. What we know as Leoville Poyferre was born, however at the time, it was sold under the name of Baron de Poyferre.

While the vineyards were separated, the buildings remained connected, just as they are today. In fact, the parking lot for both chateau is a common area. You park in either one, to visit the other. This is a unique arrangement in not only the Medoc as well as all of Bordeaux. After the Leoville vineyards were divided into 3 different Leoville estates, Leoville Las Cases, Leoville Barton and Leoville Poyferre, many of the vines remained intermingled, making harvesting a little chaotic from time to time.

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The true modern age for Leoville Poyferre beings with the purchase of the estate by the Cuvelier family in the 1920’s from the Lalande family. The Cuvelier family got their start in Bordeaux the same way numerous other future chateau owners did, as negociants, or wine merchants. The Cuvelier family has a long history in the Bordeaux wine trade dating all the way back to 1804.

The first purchase made by the family was their property in St. Estephe , Chateau Le Crock in 1903. They next purchased Chateau Camensac in the Haut Medoc appellation. They followed that up with their next two investments, Chateau Leoville Poyferre and Chateau Moulin Riche. Interestingly, even though they were experienced chateau owners, at first they allowed their neighbor manage Leoville Poyferre. Roger Delon , one of the owners of Chateau Leoville Las Cases was the first to manage the estate for the Cuvelier family.

The logo featured on the label is astatement about the tradition of the family. Before Leoville Poyferre had a chateau, the first member of the Cuvelier family to own the vineyard created a simple logo design with a chateau and a small tower on both sides. In 2014, a new facility was consturcted at the property celebrating that early design as the now, modernized building is a long rectangle with a small tower on both sides. This is quite similar to the estate’s original design.

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Chateau Leoville Poyferre the Modern Era

This changed in 1979 with the accession of Didier Cuvelier, who became the first member of his family to take charge of Leoville Poyferre. Didier Cuvelier first trained and went to school to study accounting before he started to learn about wine. His teacher was Professor Emile Peynaud. This was a fortuitous move for the property as the wines made by Didier Cuvelier once again put Leoville Poyferre on the map to wine lovers all over the world.

Some of the first changes made by the young 26 year old Didier Cuvelier include bringing Michel Rolland as well as Emile Peynaud into the fold. This was quickly followed by a modernization of the winemaking facilities at their Left Bank estate. A bigger move was to rip out and replant 20 hectares of vines, drastically reducing their output for years.

The positive changes in the wine from Leoville Poyferre can easily be seen by tasting the wine. The rapid jump in quality first appeared in 1982. However, Didier Cuvelier was not the first person to introduce innovation at Leoville Poyferre. In fact, Chateau Leoville Poyferre was one of the first Bordeaux chateau to trellis their vines using pine stakes. This is common today, but not two centuries ago. Leoville Poyferre was also one of the first Bordeaux produces to rinse their barrels with sulfur to help protect their wines from spoiling during the shipping and aging process.

Leoville Poyferre is clearly one of the most exciting properties in Saint Julien and all of the Medoc today. As we mentioned earlier, much of the credit goes to the owner Didier Cuvelier. How did this happen? As wines are made in the vineyard, much of the improvement is due to that fact that in 1979, Didier Cuvelier began a nineteen year replanting program for the vineyards. At the time the replanting started, approximately 30 percent of the vineyard was planted at Leoville Poyferre. Much of the land lay fallow. Since those early days. the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyards has increased and the first plantings of Petit Verdot have taken place. Under the intelligent direction of Didier Cuvelier, the vineyard almost doubled in size, from 48 hectares up to its current size of 80 planted hectares.

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Chateau Leoville Poyferre Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes , Winemaking

The 80 hectare Saint Julien vineyards of Leoville Poyferre are planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot , 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc . This marks quite a change in the vineyards since the early 1960. At that time, the percentage of Merlot was much higher, perhaps close to 50% with the Cabernet Sauvignon at about 30% while the rest of the vineyard was planted to Cabernet Franc.

Their best parcels of vines are located next to the walled in, Grand Clos parcel of neighboring Leoville Las Cases. The vine density is 8,500 vines per hectare. The terroir is mostly gravel,with some sand, clay and limestone in the soil. The majority of the vineyards are in a few large, parcels, with the remaining best parcels placed close to the Route de Medoc, also known as the D2. The vines located further inland are usually placed into Moulin Riche and Pavillon de Leoville Poyferre. However,that terroir is often the source for their best Petit Verdot, which can be difficult to fully ripen. Interestingly, portions of their vineyards are interspersed with vines belonging to Leoville Barton. Michel Rolland consults on the wine making.

While the estate of Leoville Poyferre was modernized in 1984, they have continued improving and renovating the property time and time again. In 2010, in time for harvest, the vat rooms were completely renovated at Leoville Poyferre. They replaced 10 large vats with 20 new, stainless steel, double skin vats with a capacity from 60 hectoliters to 165 hectoliters giving them 56 vats in total. This allows for very precise vinification on a parcel by parcel basis. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel.

However, it’s important to note that even with all the modernization and renovations that have taken place recently at Leoville Poyferre, because they share a parking lot with Leoville Las Cases, which necessitated locating the actual winery on one side of the street, while the barrel rooms are located across the way, on the other side of the street. Leoville Poyferre came up with an ingenious idea of how to move the wine to the barrels from the tanks. They created a system of underground pipes to move the wine safely from vats to barrels. Prior to the underground pipes, the wine was moved by hand in steel tanks using tractors. The wine is aged in an average of 75% new, French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling.

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The best vintages of Leoville Poyferre are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2000, 1996, 1990 and 1982. I have very little experience with very old vintages of Leoville Poyferre. From others that have tasted the wines, you might want to use caution before purchasing them.

Chateau Leoville Poyferre Character, Style

The style of Leoville Poyferre is a Bordeaux wine that offers lush ripe fruit with purity and concentration a powerful, plush style. Scents of cassis, spice and black fruits, with truffle and tobacco aromatics coupled with sensuous, rich, textures are the hallmarks of this wine. Leoville Poyferre has been one of the most consistent producers of high quality Bordeaux since 2000. They have made so many great wines, it’s hard to pick a favorite.

However, 2009 Leoville Poyferre stands heads and shoulders above the previous vintages. With elegant textures and round silky tannins along with the ability to age, this is a Bordeaux wine to keep your eye on. Production of Leoville Poyferre is close to 20,000 cases of St. Julien wine per year.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Leoville Poyferre with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

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Leoville Poyferre is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. Chateau Leoville Poyferre is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Leoville Poyferre is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

The estate produces two additional wines; Moulin-Riche , which comes from a specific 21 hectare parcel of vines in the St. Julien appellation that was purchased back in 1920 by the Cuvelier family. At one point in time, Moulin Riche was considered to be the second wine of Leoville Poyferre, but that is not the case today. Now, the second wine of Leoville Poyferre is actually Pavillon de Leoville Poyferre. The family also owns a successful negociant company that they started in 1804, H. Cuvelier and Fils.

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Château Léoville Poyferré Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2015 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Deeply colored with an initial blast of cassis and blackberry, this wine has freshness, polished tannins and a long, lingering, tannic finish with both depth and structure and gust of sweet, ripe, dark-red skinned fruit. Blending 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, this wine reached 13.47% alcohol. The harvest took place from September 24 to October 10. 94 - 96 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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  2. 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. There is an elegance to this wine that meshes perfectly with layers of ripe, silky fruit, refined tannins, complex aromatics and a long, fruit filled, concentrated, long finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Intense in hue with silky, bright tannins, this wine offers the palate an assortment of plump, ripe, dark-red skinned fruit and a long, lingering finish with distinctive depth, structure, balance and brightness in the end notes. Blending 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.25% alcohol. 93-94 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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  3. 2013 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. The Cuvelier family managed to produce quite a nice wine in this very difficult vintage. The tannins have a soft, ripe quality to their texture, and so does the fresh, black cherry and dark plum fruits. Give this 2-4 years and should be even better.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. With notes of spicy cassis, flowers, olive and herbs, the wine has flesh and softness to the fruit and tannins, finishing with sweet black raspberries. From a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13% alcohol with a pH of 3.63. The yields were 34 hectoliters with 45% of the harvest going in to the Grand Vin. This is very strong for the vintage. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  4. 2012 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Sweet, soft, polished, ripe berries, gentle tannins and a long, graceful, smoky, fruit filled finish, with enough freshness and fruit to allow the wine to leave an impression. This is a very nice wine, and it’s quite an accomplishment for the vintage.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. From an assemblage of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.4% alcohol. The pH is 3.8. The wine will be aged in 85% new French for 20 months. Licorice, black cherry, coffee bean and stone notes make up the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is soft, round, medium bodied, and fresh, showing signs of oak in the finish. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  5. 2011 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Leoville Poyferre is on fire. Producing a wine this good in 2011 is really saying something. The complex nose of truffle, smoke, black cherry nd earth lets you know the wine is good. If that did not seal the deal, the fresh, sweet, soft fruits and peppy finish is going to do the trick. This is a very good wine which will only get better with 3-5 years of bottle age.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. From an assemblage of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and an equal amount of Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.7% alcohol. The Grand Vin represents 55% of the harvest. With good color, the wine opens with coffee, earth, black raspberry and cassis. Medium-bodied, tannic, bright and fresh, there is a brawny personality in the crisp boysenberry, cassis and tannic finish. 2011 Leoville Poyferre will not be fun to drink young. It will require a lot of time before it softens and comes around. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  6. 2010 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Starting to tighten up, there is no doubting the incredible quality of this wine, with all its power, ripe fruit, silky tannins and charm, but it really wants cellaring time before it once again displays all it has to offer. I'd give it a decade.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. Smoke, licorice, wet earth, forest floor, black cherry, blackberry and truffle aromas grab you and keep you going back for another sniff. On the palate, there is not a single hard edge to be found. Soft, silky, refined and polished, there is a beautiful sense of symmetry. The finish ends with layers of sweet, ripe, black and dark red fruits. This continues to show better with each tasting.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. Inky in color, with explosive notes of licorice, smoke, jam, black and blue fruit, fresh brewed espresso and earth, the wine is dense. Packed with ripe, polished, fruits, sweet tannins, and enough freshness to give this life, the wine expands on the palate with a blast of juicy, ripe, lush, sweet berries. Not quite at the level of the stunning 2009, but this blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc is close. This stunning wine should age and evolve for decades.

      96 points - Tasted
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    4. Blending 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc produced a St. Julien wine that offered earth, caramel, coffee and dark berry liqueur aromas. This powerful, tannic, rich, pure, intense wine combines freshness with opulence, due to the high 14% alcohol and low pH levels. Over the last two months, the wine has fleshed out, becoming better integrated and rounder. Full bodied and tannic, this will require several years of bottle age before it begins to mature. The wine was released at 85 Euros, which was more expensive than the 2009. 95-96 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
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    5. Leoville Poyferre From an assemblage of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, along with 3% Cabernet Franc, this wine reached 14% alcohol. Even at this degree of alcohol, there is no feeling of heat. Smoke, earth, jammy dark berries and cassis scents produce the aromatics. This fresh, chocolate covered cassis filled wine is big and almost brawny in style. Its beefy tannins and low pH combine freshness and power which are made better by the long cassis filled, powerful finish. According to Didier Cuvelier, 2010 reminds him of 2005. I see his point. B ut for me, 2010 is more powerful, while 2005 offers more elegance and charm.93-96 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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  7. 2009 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. This is another sublime 2009 Bordeaux that even with just a few years of age is clearly a better wine. It's deeper, richer, silkier and more complex. The wine fills your mouth and coats your palate with its stunning layers of perfectly ripe fruit. The finish goes on and on.

      98 points - Tasted
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    2. Absolutely stunning in every way! I am tempted to give it another point. I am sure that will happen as the wine continues developing. Sexy, lush, polished, rich, dense and complex, the wine fills your mouth with layers of perfectly ripe, dark fruits, spice, cocoa, earth and frankly, flavor. The finish is elegant, long and expansive.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. Talk about stealing the show… Leoville Poyferre continues its amazing series of great wines with the sublime 2009! The perfume is packed and stacked with attention seeking coffee, blackberry, blueberry, truffle and earthy aromatics. On the palate, the wine is pure silk, velvet and power. Produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, there is an intensity matched with elegance and harmony to the wine. With high levels of ripe, opulent tannins and layers of plush, fresh berries in the long, finish, this is a Bordeaux wine worth the effort to taste and lay down.

      97 points - Tasted
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    4. What a sexy St. Julien! This plush, rich, opulent, sweet, intense is filled with crème de cassis, chocolate, licorice, truffle, tobacco and spice. The pure, long, fresh, sweet black cherry filled finish is a delight to taste and feel on your palate. This is the Leoville Poyferre to buy in today’s market. It’s better than the 2010 and it sells for less, at least for now.

      96 points - Tasted
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    5. According to Didier Cuvelier, they made changes in the vat rooms. But those changes will not be used unitl the 2010 vintage. To obtain more precision in the vinification, Didier exchanged 10 older vats for 20 stainless steel double skin vats with different capacities ranging from 60 to 165 hl. The wine is black with purple tints, and it springs forth with potent aromatics of blackberry, black raspberry, cassis, licorice, sweet oak, and minerals. The wine is fat, rich, sweet, and sexy, with a plush mouth feel that ends with long, pure, spicy black fruit notes. Didier compares 2009 with his 1982. 96-98 Pts.

      97 points - Tasted
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  8. 2008 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Coffee, chocoalte, licorice, plum and blackberry jam aromatics are easy to find. Full bodied and concentrated with layers of dense, fruit, the wine ends with a jammy, dark berry and espresso bean filled finish. This is starting to close down.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Sweet spice, earth, cassis, black cherry, coffee and truffles were easy to find in the aromatics. The full bodied, concentrated wine is filled with fresh cassis flavors in the long, richly textured, polished finish.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. 08 Château Leoville Poyferee, with some slight purple tints, is almost opaque. Smoke, mineral, blackberry, licorice, coffee, and vanilla aromatics are easy to find. In the mouth, the fruit has a plush characteristic. The tannins are ripe. The wine ends on a long, clean, fruit filled note. Owner Didier Culvier said he had exactly the same picking dates as did Leoville Las Cases. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  9. 2006 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Chewy tannins, crisp fruit and the structure to age, the wine is tannic and clearly demands time before its firm, Cabernet Sauvignon character can soften and come together. Give it at least 5-10 more years, or a few hours in the decanter before popping a bottle.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. This solid, concentrated, structured, tannic wine is not close to being ready. Licorice, coffee bean, cassis, blackberry and smoky notes lead to a full bodied, young wine that demands another decade before it begins to be a lot of fun to drink. For tasters that think vintages like 2003 and 2009 are too ripe and lush, this is a good choice.

      91 points - Tasted
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  10. 2005 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Cigar box, tobacco, cassis, blackberry and wet earth scents pop as soon as the wine hits the glass. The fruit and tannins need more time and air before they can really be coaxed from their deep slumber. On the palate, the wine is powerful, full bodied and concentrated, with refined tannins, plush textures and layers of sweet, ripe, juicy, spicy fruits. If you enjoy young wines for their crisp fruit, you can drink this with a few hours of air, else this very strong wine will be much better, softer and more complex with another 5 more years of age. The wine was produced from a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Still dark in color, this looks like a new wine. Espresso bean, smoke, vanilla, boysenberry, blackberry and licorice notes fill your glass. The wine is full bodied, concentrated, long, deep, fresh, clean and balanced on the palate. The round silky tannins push along wave after wave of berries that move from black to red and back to black again. The wine is very young as you would expect. Give the beauty up to a decade before popping a cork and enjoy the ride.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. This is packed and stacked with sweet, ripe, black fruits, oak and soft tannins. There is ample fruit and structure to allow this wine to age and evolve for decades.

      94 points - Tasted
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  11. 2004 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. With a developed color, forest floor, strawberry jam, truffle and cigar box aromas, the wine really serves up a nice, plummy, sweet, soft and round sensation that is ready to start being opened and enjoyed.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. There is a nice softness and polish to the tannins, giving the wine a supple texture to the smoky, black cherries, earth and licorice filled personality. The wine is young, fresh and while still primary, fun to drink as it approaches its 10th birthday.

      92 points - Tasted
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  12. 2003 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Cigar box, wet earth, cassis, mint and dark chocolate scents pop with 10 minutes of air. Silky, soft, polished and rich, with a sweet, cherry liqueur filled, opulent finish that tastes as good as it feels. This is much better than the previous bottle. I'm really liking this wine! However, the wine does not need more than 15-30 minutes in the decanter. Also, I'll be finishing my bottles of this wine over the next decade. It's not going to be a long ager.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Double blind, my guess was at least 15 years older than its true age, due to its developed character. Soft, lush, and luscious, there is an array of secondary aromas that really charge you up, with their truffle, forest floor, tobacco, cigar box, cedar, plum and black cherry notes. I do not think this is going to fade sooner than it should, but as the wine is really nice now, why wait to pop a bottle?

      95 points - Tasted
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    3. Light ruby in color, the wine sings with a nose packed with tobacco, black and white cherries, mocha, smoke, licorice and truffle. Soft, plush, round tannins, layers of voluptuous, ripe, sexy dark fruits and spicy, sweet candied cherries create a long, opulent, enticing finish. This is a winner and one of the stars of the vintage in the Medoc!

      96 points - Tasted
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    4. The color is pitch black. Cassis earthy, black and blue fruits with hints of espresso bean makes up the perfume. Rich, dense and filled with ripe, spicy, dark fruits, this powerful, concentrated, tannic and round textured wine fills your mouth and palate. This needs at least another 6-10 years before it really starts to strut its stuff.

      96 points - Tasted
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  13. 2002 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Secondary notes of tobacco, earth, wet leaf and olive, which add to the cassis, blackberry and red fruits. The tannins are firm, ending in a finish of blackberries and earth . This is showing better than the last time I tasted it. You can drink this now, or age it for a few years, as it could improve.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. With an earthy, black and red fruit nose, the wine shows some tart flavors along with hints of green flavors in the austere style of this vintage.

      89 points - Tasted
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  14. 2001 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Tobacco, cigar box, earth, mocha, espresso and blackberry aromas are right there when you want them. On the palate, the wine is soft, lush, silky, expressive and clean, plus it's drinking today.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Earth, spice, cassis, blackberries, espresso, tobacco, truffle and black cherry flavors couple nicely with supple, round textures and a long, sweet, spicy, black and red fruit filled, suave finish. At 10, this charming, St. Julien wine is already starting to drink nicely.

      92 points - Tasted
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  15. 2000 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Showing some lightening at the edge, the wine is silky, soft, polished and developing, spicy, earthy, tobacco and truffle characteristics. Still young, but beginning to open and display its qualities, the finish is long, supple, concentrated, fresh and clean.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. Beautiful attention grabbing aromatics filled with licorice, cherry, smoke, coffee, truffle, cassis, earth and spice pair perfectly with the rich, supple textures. Still young, another 10 years will add a lot to the long, concentrated, silky, round, black and red, spicy fruit filled finish.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. With an explosive perfume of coffee, black cherry, black berry, truffle, tobacco, spice box, smoke and cloves, this wine takes off and keeps on going. The texture is plush, opulent and fleshy, but there is the right amount of acidity to allow the wine to feel fresh and lively. With a long, pure, plum and black cherry finish, this beautiful expression of Leoville Poyferre leaves a great impression. This is the third time I’ve tasted this wine in a month and every bottle has been great. With prices for 2009 and 2010, this is the wine to buy and cellar.

      97 points - Tasted
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    4. Leoville Poyferre Jammy berries, boysenberry, coffee, smoke, chocolate, black raspberry, spice, black cherry and earthy aromas pop from the glass. With opulent, round, silky tannins, this full bodied, concentrated, ripe, fruit filled St. Julien wine is developing perfectly. With another 5 years of bottle age, this plush Bordeaux wine should improve while offering the sublime 1982 Poyferre a run for the money.

      95 points - Tasted
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    5. Filled with smoke, spice, black fruit, cassis and caramel. This Bordeaux is rich and concentrated, the tannins are ripe and round. This is a very plush, opulent and stylish Leoville Poyferee.

      95 points - Tasted
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    6. With a complex perfume of tobacco, cassis, herbs and blackberry. Big, concentrated and filled with ripe, lush fruit. Great concentration and everything was in balance. The finish was long, clean and fresh.

      95 points - Tasted
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  16. 1999 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. At age 12, this is tasting mature with its tobacco, mushroom and earthy, cassis and cranberry driven personality. Medium bodied, this lighter style of St, Julien will offer the most pleasure over the next 5-7 years.

      90 points - Tasted
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  17. 1998 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. A nice wine, fully mature, with a softness to the fruit and tannins. There is no hurry to drink this, but it's probably not going to move much from here.

      90 points - Tasted
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  18. 1996 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. The perfume offers a smoky bouquet of scents with cassis, cigar box, cedar wood, blackberry, tobacco, coffee and forest floor all showing their essence. Full bodied, round, plush and really starting to soften, the finish is fresh, clean, smooth and delivers a sweet, dark cherry note that sticks with you. Close to fully mature, this bottle was popped and poured and probably enjoyed far too quickly. But isn’t that one of the signatures of all the really great wines? The wine was produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon , 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. With a smoky, licorice, cigar box, cassis and blackberry filled perfume, the wine is soft, round, polished and ready to go. It's close to 20 years of age and if you've been holding your bottles, it's really time to pop a cork. The wine was popped and poured.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. Frim, tannic and a bit on the austere side. Decanting helped. the aromatics were the best part of the experience with their tonacco, truffle, cassis and blackberry notes. The fruit was classy, but this wine is always going to please fans of traditionally styled wines more than those that have grown fond of the rounder, more plush sensations found in modern vintages of Leoville Poyferre.

      91 points - Tasted
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    4. Filled with truffle, smoke, licorice and cassis, the wine is structured, ripe, round and ends with a delicious, sweet black cherry filled finish. At 15, this is drinking great and should remain at this level or improve a little bit for at least another 15 or more years.

      93 points - Tasted
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    5. Still young, this solid, powerful, tannic wine offered cassis, blackberry, tobacco and earthy notes. After an hour in the glass, it began to open and added charm. The wine ended with a tanninc, dark berry finish. Give it another 3-5 years.

      92 points - Tasted
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  19. 1995 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Cassis, coffee, earth and blackberry open to a full bodied wine, that is slightly on the austere side. The tannic finish is filled with cassis and cranberry that ends with a tart, red berry note. This will be long lived, but it might not improve a lot from this stage.

      91 points - Tasted
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  20. 1990 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Wow! As soon as the wine hit the glass, the beautiful cigar box, forest floor, cedar, cassis and spice aromas were right where they needed to be. Full bodied, rich, supple textures, refined tannins and a sweet, fresh, vibrant, spicy finish made it complete. This is drinking at peak where it should remain for at least another 15-20 more years if well stored. 20 minutes in the decanter was more than ample for the wine.

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. Entering the sweet spot of its prime time drinking years, the nose is the first thing that grabs you. But the layers of deep, rich, ripe, polished, velvety fruit keeps your attention where it needs to be. Drink this now, or age it another 5 years for more secondary notes, this is a super wine with great personality.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. I love catching wines at the perfect moment. If you have a bottle of this stunning juice it's time to pop a cork. The chocolate mint, truffle, blackberry, earth, cassis, blackberry smoke and tobacco nose is worth the price of admission. On the palate, the silky textures and become better, now that the patina of age has sunk in. The rich, concentrated, fresh, cassis, spice, herb and wild strawberry finish makes you want to take another sip.

      96 points - Tasted
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    4. Explosive notes of creme de cassis, earth, spice, smoke, blackberries and tobacco. Full bodied, rich, sensuous and packed with multiple layers of ripe, pure berries, this wine is drinking great today. While it will probably continue to improve for another decade, where it should remain for years, there is no reason to delay popping a bottle. This is a beautiful expression of Leoville Poyferre.

      95 points - Tasted
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    5. Smoke, tobacco, cassis, orange rind, blackberry, earth and spicy scents are easy to find. Full bodied and concentrated, this specific bottle was not a perfect example. The color was lighter than usual, showing advanced signs of age. The wine finished with a big dose of cassis. I've tasted better examples of the 1990.

      93 points - Tasted
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    6. Spice, tobacco, cherry blossoms, cassis, truffles, stone and smoke greet your nose. This potent, rich, full bodied, round wine feels great as it pours over your palate. Concentrated, ripe, sweet spicy dark berries and cassis remain on your palate for close to 40 seconds. At 20, this is a good time to start opening your bottles. While it will improve, there is no reason to wait.

      96 points - Tasted
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  21. 1989 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. The complex perfume sports ample notes of earth, truffle, mocha, coffee, and anise. The elegantly styled wine offers your palate ample pleasure. This wine is fully mature.

      90 points - Tasted
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  22. 1985 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Fully mature, medium bodied wine that is more interesting on the nose, with its cigar box, truffle, black cherry and tobacco driven perfume, than on the soft, gentle, slowly starting to fade palate. This is not a wine to hold. If you have a bottle in your cellar, it needs drinking.

      89 points - Tasted
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  23. 1982 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Ready to drink, if not fully mature, the silky, smooth, rich textures, layers of ripe, sweet, delicious fruit and the perfume, with its spicy, tobacco, truffle, mocha and dark cherry aromatics is a treat.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Silky, soft, refined, concentrated and deep, the wine combines great textures, sweet fruits, complex aromatics and a long finish. What's not to like? And it's drinking great today!

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. 1982 Leoville Poyferre offers a beautiful, intense perfume filled with truffles, Cuban cigars, ash, earth, Asian spice, cedar wood and black with red fruits. On the palate, the wine is rich and sensuous, ending with a lush, mocha and cassis filled finish. This is drinking perfectly today. As good as this is, and it's very good, the current vintages starting with the sublime 2000, are even better!

      96 points - Tasted
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    4. Truffle, tobacco, cassis, cedar chest, earth, blackberry, spice and smoke create a beautiful nose. On the palate, the wine is silky and power. Full bodied and concentrated, everything is in place to deliver a great, fully mature, Bordeaux wine drinking experience.

      96 points - Tasted
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    5. 1982 Leoville Poyferre remains one of the best values from the normally, very expensive 1982 vintage. Tobacco, truffle, earth, cassis, cedar wood and cigar ash create the complex perfume. Concentrated, full bodied and rich in texture, the wine offers a big mouthful of sweet, ripe, cassis, blackberry and spice. For a 30 year old wine, this is still young, fresh and vibrant. Well stored examples could easily age and improve for another 20 or more years.

      95 points - Tasted
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    6. Smoke, grilled nuts, truffle, cassis, coffee, tobacco, earth, underbrush, blackberry and spice aromas lead to a sweet, refined, full bodied, concentrated cassis and plum filled finish. This is rally starting to drink well now and it has at least another 10-20 years to go.

      96 points - Tasted
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    7. 82 Leoville Poyferre is filled with smoky black fruit, cassis, truffle, cedar and cigar box aromatics. This rich, full bodied, elegant, round, powerful Bordeaux wine end with a long, cassis, blackberry, spice and orange rind finish. This sublime wine will only get better. While not cheap, this wine offers one of the best price to quality ratios for mature Bordeaux, especially for 82 Bordeaux.

      97 points - Tasted
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    8. This opens with notes of cedar, earth, anise, forest floor and fresh, ripe and over ripe dark berries with a hint of jam. This full bodied wine is packed with fruit and flavor. The soft, yet powerful finish ends with black and blue fruit flavors, spice and hints of fennel. This is drinking great today, but additional time will only make this better.

      95 points - Tasted
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    9. Every sniff and sip rocks! Tobacco, spice, truffle, cassis and blackberry are all over the place. Concentrated, intense, elegant and powerful, this wine has it all and it's clearly showing its ample charms!

      96 points - Tasted
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    10. Earthy, forest notes with hints of cherry wood. Very concentrated, thick wine, that coats your mouth, palate and gums. Soft tannins, great depth and complexity, this wine delivers the goods.

      94 points - Tasted
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  24. 1961 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. My first time tasting this wine, and I was quite surprised with how much I liked this wine. Charming, in the positive sense of the word, this has character, charm, ripe cassis, complex, cigar and tobacco scents and a long, fresh, red berry finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  25. 1954 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Classy, light red fruits, spice, earth and tobacco were holding on to dear life. You can sense the potential quality in the vineyard, but life had almost completely slipped away.

      72 points - Tasted
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  26. 1953 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Well past its prime, the tobacco, earth, leaf and red fruit nose was the best part of the experience. Light in fruit, bright, crisp tart cranberries made up the palate.

      80 points - Tasted
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  27. 1945 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. This sported a brickish color. Spice, soy, Kirsch, earth and truffle made for a powerful perfume. In the mouth, the wine was less exciting and with air, declined in the glass. Still, for the first 30 minutes, it was a nice ride.

      91 points - Tasted
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  28. 1905 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Pale rose hip tea in color, the wine offered bare hints of tobacco and strawberry in the faded bouquet, ending in a finish of short, light cherries. The wine was not faulty, there was just very, very little going on. Regardless of the quality, it was an honor tasting such a historical gem at 108 years of age.

      0 points - Tasted
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