Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Winery: Chateau Leoville Poyferre
Country: France Region: Bordeaux
District: St Julien
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
RP=97 A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, aged in 80% new oak barriques, the 2018 Léoville Poyferré comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant scents of Morello cherries, plum preserves, and blackberry pie, giving way to nuances of cedar chest, unsmoked cigars, vanilla pod, and sassafras, plus a waft of crushed rocks. The palate is full-bodied, rich, and decadent, delivering hedonic black fruits and lots of spicy accents with a velvety texture and seamless freshness, finishing long and satisfyingly savory. This is a very impressive showing that is delicious out of the gate but has the backbone to give a good 30 years or more of pleasure.
AG=97 Léoville-Poyferré is sensational in 2018. There's not much more to say than that. A wine of explosive power and intensity, the 2018 dazzles from start to finish. To be sure, the 2018 is racy and opulent, but all the elements come together so effortlessly. Bright red-toned fruit, mocha, pine, and wildflowers all open with a bit of coaxing. The new oak is a bit prominent at this stage, but that will be less of an issue over time.
WS=97 Waves of warmed cassis, mocha, and warm tar aromas lead the way, while the core of macerated plum, blackberry, and blueberry fruit waits its turn, showing admirable breadth and depth when it arrives, with roasted apple wood, bramble, and cast iron buried deeply through the finish. This is a powerfully rendered wine with a cashmere scarf as an accent. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2024 through 2040. 15,000 cases made.
JS=97 Dark cherry, plum, spice, and cacao with earthy notes and wood undertones. Cloves, too. Full-bodied, yet in control and poised. Balanced, complex, and flavorful. Firm tannins and a long, precise finish. It goes on and on. Structured is the word. Try after 2025.