2009 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Wine Tasting Note


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I have tasted this almost every year since it was in barrel and it has always shown extremely well with remarkable consistency. A contender for the best vintage of Leoville Poyferre produced yet, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated, lush, opulent, velvety and yes, down-right sexy. While still on the youthful fruit stage, the wine feels so good on your palate, it is impossible not to be thrilled by what's in your glass, finish it, and ask for another pour. The wine is made from blending 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

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Secondary notes are just starting to show as now you find truffle, cigar box, dark red pit fruit and forest floor. Silky, sensuous, polished and elegant, the wine offers a perfect combination of ripe fruit, Saint Julien character and velvety tannins. This is clearly headed in the right direction. Drink this now for the pleasure, or age it another 5-10 years for more complexities to develop.

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This is already offering a great palate presence. The wine tastes and feels great. There is volume, sensuous tannins, length and purity. Still young, the wine is vibrant, opulent, deep and long. What a beauty. Unless you have a case or prefer wines in the primary stage, I would wait 5 years before pulling a cork.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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When to Drink Chateau Leoville Poyferre, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Leoville Poyferre can be enjoyed on the young side with a several hours of decanting. However, I find it too tannic and powerful young to be fun to taste. The wine is usually better with 10-15 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character.

In the best years, the wine will best between 15 and 35 years of age after the vintage. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-4 hours or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Leoville Poyferre with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

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.

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.