2010 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Wine Tasting Note

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Not flattering or fun to drink today, this requires at least 5-8 years more cellaring time before you start discovering all that is going on here, which includes a nose of cigar box, tobacco leaf, lead pencil, cedar, bay leaf and red currants. The wine is powerful, full-bodied, concentrated and youthful with a big bite of cassis and peppery spice in the long finish. Here, patience is a virtue. The wine is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.

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Still holding its cards tight to its vest, the wine offers great concentration, ripe, juicy, sweet fruits, lush textures and a finish that keeps on coming. However, this is not ready for prime time here. To get the most out of this future gem, 7-10 years of patience will definitely pay dividends.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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