2014 Leoville Poyferre



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Average critic rating : 93.07 points

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"The 2014 Léoville Poyferré is impressive. A big, broad-shouldered St. Julien, the 2014 blossoms in the glass with superb depth and richness. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, menthol, crushed flowers, herbs and leather are some of the notes that burst onto the palate in an energetic, tightly wound Poyferré. The 2014 finishes with notable depth and huge, explosive intensity, all of which suggest it will require considerable cellaring. This is without question one of the stars of the vintage."

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The Château Léoville-Poyferré 2014 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot picked between 1 and 14 October, a little later than some of its Saint Julien neighbors. It has one of the most opulent set of aromatics of the appellation, with crème de cassis, boysenberry jam and macerated small dark cherries - an extravagant bouquet in the context of the growing season. The palate is full-bodied with great density and power. There is a lot of weight in this Saint Julien, spicy in the mouth with a healthy pinch of white pepper towards the finish that feels long in the mouth, although I would like to see more finesse coming through by the time of bottling. As usual, this is one of the most decadent Saint Julien wines, but one that is well-crafted by Didier Cuvelier. Give this several years in bottle. eRobertParker.com.April, 2015

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Very fine and pretty with blueberry, mineral and hazelnut character. Full body, succulent fruits and tannins, as well as a long finish. Savory. Very polished as always.

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Very stylish, with blackberry, black cherry and black currant fruit already melded together with subtle charcoal and ganache notes. Offers a velvety feel, but isn't shy on grip or depth. This is sneakily long. A lovely showing.—J.M. Wine Spectator, April 2015.

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This is a little reticent today though there is some very pure lifted fruit underneath. Cool. Precise and very attractive. And soft and supple in the mouth. Silky. Some depth here and this is very glossy, very Poyferre. Stylish. Joss Fowler, FINE+RARE, April 2015.



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Chart showing (to 30/11/2016) market price for 12x75cl standard case:

Leoville Poyferre 2014
+£88.00     (+20.51%) Latest price:  £517.00
Leoville Poyferre 2008
+£304.67     (+101.56%) Latest price:  £604.67
Leoville Poyferre 2004
+£451.33     (+216.99%) Latest price:  £659.33
Leoville Poyferre 2001
+£652.00     (+332.65%) Latest price:  £848.00
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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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