The wine out distances both Leoville Las Cases and Leoville Barton, but all three of them are compelling efforts. Full-bodied, dense purple in color, with floral notes intermixed with blackberries, cassis, graphite and spring flowers, this full-bodied, legendary effort is long and opulent, with wonderfully abundant yet sweet tannin, a skyscraper-like mid-palate and a thrilling, nearly one-minute finish. This spectacular effort from Poyferre that should drink well for 30+ years. Feb 2013, www.robertparker.com
Robert ParkerScore: 98/100
Fine extraction of black fruits, both richer and more tannic than the Barton, very good ripeness for long ageing. Drink 2020-40. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com
Leoville Poyferre From an assemblage of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, along with 3% Cabernet Franc, this wine reached 14% alcohol. Even at this degree of alcohol, there is no feeling of heat. Smoke, earth, jammy dark berries and cassis scents produce the aromatics. This fresh, chocolate covered cassis filled wine is big and almost brawny in style. Its beefy tannins and low pH combine freshness and power which are made better by the long cassis filled, powerful finish. According to Didier Cuvelier, 2010 reminds him of 2005. I see his point. B ut for me, 2010 is more powerful, while 2005 offers more elegance and charm.winecellarinsider.com
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar InsiderScore: 93-96/100
Tasted at the chateau and twice at the UGC, the Leoville Poyferre is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, a pH of 3.7 and alcohol at 14%. It has a spellbinding, extraordinarily pure bouquet that in an obtuse way reminds me of a Romanee St. Vivant. So much panache. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannins, one of the most sensual of all the 2010s that I have tasted. Seamless cashmere texture towards the finish with dark cherries, blueberry and crème de cassis all wrapped up in a veil of vanilla. Superb. Tasted April 2011. Neal Martin, erobertparker.com
Neal MartinScore: 93-95/100
This is so velvety and beautiful with a juicy, orange peel, raspberries and currant character on the nose and the palate. Full with a long, long finish. Wonderful texture to this wine. Dense and yummy. jamessuckling.com
James SucklingScore: 93-94/100
This is big, with layers of succulent blackberry, cassis and linzer torte pushed by sweet spice and a long, graphite finish. Shows lots of smoky, fleshy power, but really sails along. James Molesworth, winespectator.com
Wine SpectatorScore: 92-95/100
Made from 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, this holds 14% alcohol in its medium to full body. There was no rain during the equinox. Nevertheless it is a classic, compared by its maker with 2005 or 1973. Reserved, it displays a tempting possibility of raspberry, cranberry and damson, all of which will ripen and integrate from 15 to 20 years.
Ivor DaviesScore: 17.5/20
Very concentrated and luscious looking. Exceptionally deep crimson. Very fine and sophisticated on the nose. Both concentration and lift but then perhaps just a bit too concentrated on the palate? Certainly very attention grabbing with lots of very ripe, very dry fruit. Lustrous. With some welcoming appeal. Pure, luscious Médoc Cabernet. Very long and vibrant. jancisrobinson.com
Jancis Robinson MWScore: 17.5/20
61CS 30M 6PV 3CF Tasted twice, once at the chateau and once at the Union des Grands Crus. Both samples were lacking freshness and were brutally tannic, showing a pruny, porty character. If these samples are representative of the finished wine then we would have serious doubts over the ability of the wine to age well. We are big fans of Leoville Poyferre and proprietor Didier Cuvelier so are prepared to reserve judgement until we have the opportunity to taste it again.