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External Reviews for Château Leoville Poyferre St. Julien
I have had this wine three times out of bottle, rating it 97 once and 98 twice. It is a colossal success and a potential legend in the making. Its saturated, dense inky/blue/purple color offers up notes of crushed rocks, acacia flowers, blueberries, ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Leoville-Poyferre 750ml
This Saint Julien gem is getting harder and harder to find. One of the few estates to perform better in 2003 than 2005.
Sitting between the acclaimed Leacute;oville Las Cases and Leacute;oville Barton, Poyferreacute; has long been the overlooked middle child, thanks to decades of inconsistent wines. No longer. After years of work by managing director Didier Cuvelier and the help of enologist Michel Rolland, the estate produced its highest scoring wine ever in 2003. Cuvelier worked diligently, rebuilding his chai, increasing the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in his blend and upping the quotient of new oak. The 2003 is the payoff.
The rsquo;98 is equally black, and seems more exotic in its ripeness. the blackberry and herb fruit descends into severe tannins and almost disappears, but then itrsquo;s back, plummy, concentrated, lasting in the end with the scent of a red rose. Perhaps itrsquo;s the complete arc of the rsquo;99 that Cuvelier prefers; the wine lays all its cards on the table. the rsquo;98 is not as clean, fresh and forthright; it seems more traditional Bordeaux.
Wow, this wine has really come on strong. A brilliant effort, it boasts an opaque purple color in addition to a gorgeously sweet nose (make that explosive nose) of blackberries and creme de cassis intermixed with minerals, smoke, and earth. The 2000 is opulent, full-bodied, and much more accessible than either of its two Leacute;oville siblings, Leoville Las Cases or Leoville Barton, with low acidity, sweet tannin, and a layered, sumptuous finish. It continues to improve dramatically and looks to be a great success, rivaling the brilliant 1996 and 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2009ndash;2030.
Seemingly ripe as a Rhone, this vintage of Poyferreacute; smells of crushed blackberries when first opened, and tastes like a soup of black currants. Itrsquo;s not until two days later that the wine begins to take some form, a firm, stolid structure building around all the fruit, a stone cavern to surround all its succulent glory. A super-ripe powerhouse of the vintage, this will be a choice for game in six to eight yearsrsquo; time.
Firm and balanced, with somewhat intense currant and cedar aromas and flavors. A solid wine that wonrsquo;t disappoint, but wonrsquo;t wow either. Drink now.