2011 Leoville Poyferre



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£505.00
£505.00 DP
£87.00

Average critic rating : 92.5 points

94

94

This property, which has been on a qualitative tear over the last generation, has produced one of the most successful wines of 2011. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it is broad, rich, medium to full-bodied and dense. It boasts an inky/purple color as well as lots of concentration, silky tannins, and a bigger, richer mouthfeel than any of its St.-Julien peers. The result is one of the stars of the vintage. Wine Advocate.April, 2014

92-94

92-94

The Chateau Leoville Poyferre is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc picked between 19th September and 1st October, sorted by optical machine. Astonishingly, it has a higher IPT than in 2010 at 94 compared to 82 last year. It has an attractive bouquet with fine delineation and freshness, fine tension and poise with exuberant blackberry and wild strawberry fruit infused with cedar and crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannins, a sharp thread of citric acidity and very good weight. It lacks a little harmony towards the finish that shows a little hardness, but I think this will soften to turn out to be one of the finest Saint Julien wines in a difficult vintage. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

91-92

91-92

This shows a currant and berries with dark chocolate character. Full and chewy with a bright acidity. Structured too. A little austere. Wait and see. Only about 40% of the normal production. 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. jamessuckling.com

91-94

91-94

A very ripe, fleshy, gutsy style, with mouthfilling tar, espresso, braised fig and dark plum notes still waiting to meld fully. The broad, muscular finish has a nice briary edge. Impressive. James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com

16

16

Very dark purple. Scented but not intensely so. Very juicy with the tannins and acidity sublimated but awfully worked. Not quite natural somehow. And a bit of alcohol at the end. jancisrobinson.com

17.5

17.5

Well-extracted blackcurrant Cabernet fruit, very good ripeness and good tannins, an impression of power with elegance to come later. Drink 2017-2035. Decanter.com

18

18

One of the later harvested wines with the final Cabernets coming in at the beginning of October. The final blend is 58% Cab Sauv, 30% Merlot and 6% each of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot with a restrained (at least versus that last two vintages of Poyferre) alcohol level of 13.7%. It has a sweet, gently woody nose which with air releases violets and other lifted aromatics. It is deeply concentrated and with a formidable tannin index of 94 (this is approaching press wine levels!) however there is also wonderful purity to this year's Poyferre and its mid-palate is a riot of sticky fruit. It's modern of course but really of very fine quality. FINE+RARE



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Leoville-Poyferre: The Importance

Thanks to its prestigious past and exceptional investments over the last few decades, Léoville-Poyferré has restored its reputation among the elites of the Saint-Julien appellation. According to Jeff Leve of The Wine Cellar Insider, the property has become “one of the most consistent producers of high quality Bordeaux since 2000” under the management of Didier Cuvelier.

 

The 2009 Léoville-Poyferré received a perfect 100 point score from Robert Parker who deemed it as “a wine to purchase by the case-load.” Classified as a Deuxième Cru Classé (Second Growth), the estate is comparable to the best properties in the Médoc while selling at somewhat more economical prices. Neal Martin put it best when he said: “It is a wine for lovers of modern, stylish claret, with a penchant for full-bodied, fruit-driven, glycerin-rich wines and since it is always well-priced, this is certainly a wine for the oenophile, not the profit-hunter.”

 

The tasting room at the château contains a white wall of scrawled quotes from tasters (see picture top left). On this wall Michael Schuster - wine expert, writer and lecturer – wrote that Poyferré is “always the most ‘refined’ of the Léovilles for me.”

 

Leoville-Poyferre: The Insight

Although the 2009 is certainly the finest of the Léoville-Poyferrés, the estate produced a string of exceptional vintages since 2000.

 

The estate produces two additional wines, Moulin Riche and Pavillon de Léoville-Poyferré. Moulin Riche, a bit more accessible in its youth than the Léoville-Poyferré, is produced from a distinct 21 hectare parcel of vineyard on the property. Pavillon de Léoville-Poyferré, the second wine of Léoville-Poyferré, is made from the estate’s youngest vines and is a fruity cuvee.

 

Léoville-Poyferré has produced a range of kosher alternatives to its wines that Jancis Robinson says “taste remarkably similar to the non-kosher versions.” The 2005 Léoville-Poyferré in particular stands out as the most popular with the critics.

 

Leoville-Poyferre: The Background

The Léoville-Poyferré legacy begins in the nineteenth century when the expansive Léoville estate in Médoc was divided between the heirs of Bordeaux bourgeoisie member, Alexandre de Gascq-Léoville, to establish Léoville Barton, Léoville Las-Cases, and in 1840, Léoville-Poyferré. In 1920 the Cuvelier family, starting as wine traders in 1804, purchased Léoville-Poyferré and Moulin Riche from the Lawton family. In 1979 Didier Cuvelier took control of the estate as well as Château Le Crock, the family’s 32-hectare vineyard in Saint- Estèphe. The Cuvelier’s wine empire extended to the foot of the Andes Mountains in 1998, when Bertrand Cuvelier purchased land in Argentina to sell wine under the label Cuvelier Los Andes.



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