(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.
(From 1995 Vintage) 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.
Nose is light terroir/St. Julian, old leather, anis, heavy tannins, dry, black pepper. Good, not remarkable.
Not as good as it should be. Especially at a retail price.
Always a tad disappointed by saint julien!
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesThis 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.