(From 2012 Vintage) Solid, with good flesh around the core of plum and blackberry fruit. Shows ample dark toast and ganache notes, displaying chewy yet integrated grip.
A wonderful vineyard site and high proportion of old vines give this Château much potential. Increasingly richer and more complex, Léoville Poyferré is one of the rising stars in Saint Julien.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2005 Vintage) This nicely filled wine is fairly forthright in its ripeness and comes just a bit closer to the Californian model as far as flesh and fat are concerned. After a very rich start, it firms up and tightens a touch in the latter going, and ample tannins arrive to provide the right structural grip to its nicely sustained finish. While there are aspects about it that might encourage early drinking, this one will not be at its best for six to ten years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2003 Vintage) Another wine from St. Julien that caught our attention, this one is deep, ripe, curranty and full of Cabernet flavor. We also like Chateau Branaire-Ducru and Chateau Talbot from the same commune. The Cabernet based wines from the communes north of Bordeaux seemed to have fared extremely well. This wine and Branaire-Ducru rate 90 points and up while the Talbot should be a reasonable value, if its price does not escalate, in the 88-90 point range
Wine Spectator(From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/06
Robert Parker(From 2008 Vintage) "One of the finest over-achieving efforts in this vintage as well as a “best buy” for a top-flight St.-Julien, this 2008 is an irresistible success. It reveals an opaque ruby/purple color, lots of unctuosity and a boatload of sweet cassis and black cherry fruit intertwined with notions of licorice, smoke and oak. Full-bodied, remarkably concentrated and stunningly pure and textured, this sensational wine is already drinking well, and will be even better with 2-3 years of cellaring. It should last...
Wine Spectator(From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/11/2012