CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ

2011 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

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Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
Classification 2ème Cru Classé
ABV 14%

58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc. 13.7% Alc. To say I was confused by Poyferré is an understatement. At the Château it showed the usual dark purple-edged colour, very dense concentration of very fine tannin, a wine to chew your way through. Very hard to make out. Lots going on, but the tannic density seemed to outweigh the expression of the fruit, and the result was dry, furry and directionless. However, at the UGC tasting it stood out, not as an absolute marvel, but nevertheless head and shoulders above all but a few. It was much more aromatic, with density of flavour, not just dry matter. Lively and impressively concentrated, with fresh acidity to drive it and a mouthwatering, peacock's-tail finish. So will the real Poyferré please stand up? Rating: 92++? L&S (Apr 2012)

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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. Rating: 94-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2017)

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. Rating: 94-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(May 2014)

The nose is rich deep black fruited profound. It feels fresher on the start of the palate with hints of red fruits that lighten and bring out a touch of spice. The back palate is sweet fruited well supported by the tannic structure. 2020-45 Rating: 90-93 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Dec 2013)

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. 2020-2030 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(May 2012)

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. Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2012)

One of the most impressive wines of the vintage in Medoc, gorgeous persistence. (Les Echos, April 2012) Rating: 18-18.5 TAST, Bettane & Desseauve(Apr 2012)

The blend this year is Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 30% with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot 6% each. Aromatically this wine feels more open and expressive than the Barton, but exotic too, with very perfumed fruit. What follows on the palate is very impressive, with great richness, huge density, very creamy and polished, and certainly substantial. But gosh, the tannins here are absolutely massive, charcoaly, dense and the extraction here hasn't been reined in one bit, If anything, it has been pushed to the absolute limit. This gives the wine much more weight than Léoville-Barton. In all honesty the tannins have a dark and chewy style which feels just too worked. A striking character here, very impressive but not very harmonious. This will need decades in the cellar, and will give years of difficult drinking along the way. It is a remarkable wine, but will the fruit outlive the tannin? I certainly have my doubts. Rating: 15.5-16.5 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2012)

Inky core. Chocolate and char on the nose. Furry and dry on the palate with sweetness of oak as well as cherry fruit. Pretty drying finish but there is some stuffing in the frame. 2018-2028 Rating: 16+ Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2012)

Well-extracted blackcurrant Cabernet fruit, very good ripeness and good tannins, an impression of power with elegance to come later. Drink 2017-2035. Rating: 17.5 www.decanter.com(Apr 2012)

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. Rating: 91-94 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2012)

Deeply coloured and ambitiously oaked, this is a wine that needs time to integrate in barrel. At the moment, the oak flavours and tannins hold the upper hand, but beneath the staves there are appealing flavours of green malt, mint and tea leaf. I just hope that that the oak won’t dry the fruit out over time. 8+ years. Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2012)

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. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2012)

Château Léoville Poyferré

St Julien Deuxième cru 1855 When Baron Jean-Marie de Poyferré de Cères married the grand-daughter of the Marquis de Las-Cases-Beauvoir, he inherited a portion of the grand old Leoville estate. The Poyferré family owned the estate for long enough to see the granting of Second Growth status in common with the other Leovilles but, in time, oidium and financial difficulties led them to sell Leoville Poyferré. Eventually, it came in to the ownership of the Cuvelier family who own Poyferré to this day. For most of the 20th Century, compared to its namesake neighbours, Leoville Poyferré's fortunes waned as the quality of the wines fell back. Since 1980, however, considerable improvements have been made to the chais and the vineyards. The previously high proportion of Merlot has reduced, whilst the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon has risen to about 65% (Merlot is now a more Médoc-like 25%). Today, Leoville Poyferré can be seen on an equal footing with, at least, Leoville Barton. Grapes are fermented in stainless-steel, and then spend 18 to 20 months in oak (75% new). In the early years on the 20th Century, the cru bourgeois property of Château Moulin Riche was absorbed into Leoville Poyferré. The name was briefly resurrected as the name of Poyferré's second wine, although it is now produced as a wine in its own right from the vineyards of the old château. A second wine of both properties is Pavillon de Poyferré.

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