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Château Leoville Poyferre St. Julien Ex-Negociant 2003

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03 | FRANCE | Bordeaux

Chateau Leoville Poyferre:
In the reign of Louis XIII, in 1638, a certain Jean de Moytié, Counsellor of the Bordeaux parliament and a noble bourgeois of the town, owned a beautifully sloped gravelly vineyard near the River. This place, as was the tradition, was named after its owner and thus became the “Mont-Moytié.” Historically, the production of Mont-Moytié was among the first M&eac... Read more
In the reign of Louis XIII, in 1638, a certain Jean de Moytié, Counsellor of the Bordeaux parliament and a noble bourgeois of the town, owned a beautifully sloped gravelly vineyard near the River. This place, as was the tradition, was named after its owner and thus became the “Mont-Moytié.” Historically, the production of Mont-Moytié was among the first Médoc wines, along with the “Château de Margaux”, the “Tour de Saint-Lambert” or the “Château de La Fitte” in Pauillac and the “Château de Calon”, in Saint-Estèphe, which were all established before the period of civil war known as La Fronde (1648-1653.) These were the first estates to appear in the Médoc parishes, which were later to become commune appellations. Read less

External Reviews for Château Leoville Poyferre St. Julien Ex-Negociant

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/28/2010

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


External Review
Source: kybecca
07/02/2008

This Saint Julien gem is getting harder and harder to find. One of the few estates to perform better in 2003 than 2005.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Pure cassis on the nose. Impressive. Full-bodied, thick and powerful, with loads of fruit and big, velvety tannins. Goes on for minutes on the palate. Huge wine. Very, very impressive. This is one of the big surprises of the vintage. Best after 2012.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Seemingly ripe as a Rhone, this vintage of Poyferré smells of crushed blackberries when first opened, and tastes like a soup of black currants. It'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 years' time.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This fabulous 1996 was tasted three times from bottle, and it is unquestionably the estatersquo;s finest wine since their blockbuster 1990. Medium to full-bodied with a saturated black/purple color, the nose offers notes of cedar, jammy black fruits, smoke, truffles, and subtle new oak. In the mouth, there is impressive fruit extraction, a tannic, full-bodied structure, and a classic display of power and finesse. The longer it sat in the glass, the more impressive the wine became. Backward, and massive in terms of its extract and richness, this should prove to be a sensational Leacute;oville-Poyferre for drinking over the next three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2028.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

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, black raspberries, and creme de cassis. A synthesis of power and elegance, this multi-layered wine has spectacular concentration, sweet but high tannin, and low acidity. A stunning effort that showcases this legendary terroir, it is a brilliant, brilliant success. The quintessential Leoville Poyferre? Anticipated maturity: 2009andndash;2030.


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