Léoville Poyferré 2009

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Julien
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

Score: 100Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, August 2014

One of the more flamboyant and sumptuous wines of the vintage, this inky/purple-colored St.-Julien reveals thrilling levels of opulence, richness and aromatic pleasures. A soaring bouquet of creme de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers is followed by a super-concentrated wine with silky tannins, stunning amounts of glycerin, a voluptuous, multilayered mouthfeel and nearly 14% natural alcohol. Displaying fabulous definition for such a big, plump, massive, concentrated effort, I suspect the tannin levels are high even though they are largely concealed by lavish amounts of fruit, glycerin and extract. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040.

Score: 100Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012

One of the stars of the vintage, it will be interesting to see if Poyferre ultimately eclipses Las Cases as the finest of the three Leovilles. The 2009 is even better than the 2000, 2003, and 2005. Its inky/purple color precedes a wine filled with extraordinary opulence, voluptuous texture, and sweet tannin. It offers both intellectual and hedonistic pleasure with layer upon layer of ripe fruit. Yields were 43 hectoliters per hectare, the blend is more than two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, and the natural alcohol is the highest ever measured at this estate, 13.95%. The high alcohol is not the least bit noticeable because of the extraordinary concentration and freshness possessed by most 2009s - a vintage characteristic that will serve these wines for decades to come. This is a wine to purchase by the case-load. It should drink well for 30-45 years. (Tasted three times.) Drink 2015-2050.

Robert Parker added an asterisk to this wine score to signify that it is a wine he considers has the finest potential of all the offerings he has ever tasted from this estate in nearly 32 years of barrel tasting samples in Bordeaux.

Score: 97/100Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

The 2009 Léoville Poyferré has an outstanding bouquet with blackberry, mint and cedar aromas, almost Pauillac in style, very dense and with plenty of horsepower. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, saturated tannins that frame layers of blackberry infused with graphite and white pepper. I love the symmetry and control of this Poyferré, in particular its persistent finish. This is a magnificent wine from Didier Cuvelier. 2021 - 2045

Score: 96Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2019

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, this has a beautifully defined bouquet, adeptly containing the 13.9% alcohol. The Cabernets were picked between 2nd and the 12th October, dense black fruits, touches of date and fresh fig, certainly more exotic than the Leoville Barton tasted just before. With aeration, there is a hint of Japanese nori. The palate is rounded and voluptuous, very well balanced with smooth, sensuous tannins, the acidity less marked than Barton, caressing towards the lush, but delineated finish. A powerful, quite sexy Poyferre by Didier Cuvelier. Tasted March 2010.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010

Having retreated into its shell, the deep garnet colored 2009 Léoville Poyferré gives up slowly revealing notions of cigar boxes, pencil lead, charcoal, rose hip tea and fragrant earth with a core of preserved plums, crème de cassis, espresso and Indian spices. Full, rich, seductive and voluptuously fruited in the mouth, the palate features firm yet beautifully velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and spicy. 2022-2058

Score: 98Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2019), March 2019

Gorgeous aromas of blueberries and blackberries, with flowers and minerals. Full body, with silky tannins and a bright acidity on the finish. Tangy and chewy. Muscular. Try in 2018.

Score: 96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2012

Intense aromas of blackberries and licorice with tar undertones. Very perfumed. Blueberries too. Full bodied, with ultra fine yet chewy tannins and hints of green coffee bean and berries. Subtle yet intense. Try after 2020.

Score: 95+James Suckling, Robert Parker's Hong Kong Tasting, 8th Nov 2011, November 2011

Wonderful aromas of currant and blackberry, with black olives. Full-bodied, with a mouth-coating palate of supersoft tannins that go on and on. Solid and polished. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

Score: 93/96James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010

Tasted blind. Very concentrated crimson. Introvert and dramatic. Lots of ripeness and (still) lots of tannin. An overall impression of sweet ink that is decidedly promising even if it’s much more backward than most St-Juliens. Just not that gloriously persistent at the moment but pretty monumental.
Drink 2025-2045

Score: 18Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2019

Very dark crimson. Very grown-up and intense. Luscious fruit and top quality savoury oak. Very sweet start - really quite unusually sweet for a St-Julien. Very complete, lip-smacking and satisfying. Glamorous, polished. Long. Quite complex. Date tasted 1st April 2010. Drink 2018-2032.

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010

Like its neighbour Léoville Barton, Poyferré is always very good value for money when first offered en primeur. This consistent high quality and modest release prices mean that Poyferre is always a wine to consider purchasing en primeur as mature vintages tend to be much more expensive. Consultant oenologue Michel Rolland produces wines with a smoother, more fleshy character than the seriously structured wines of its neighbours. The result is a delicious St Julien that can usually charm early in its life and can stand the test of time. Made from a lower percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon than most Saint Juliens, this is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 5 % Cabernet Franc and matured in 100% new oak. Very sexy on the nose with roasted black fruit and vanilla oak. An intense palate is full of ripe fruit. Powerful not heavy. Black cherry, licorice and Asian spices linger on the palate. Long, sumptuous and gorgeous.

Score: 17.5+Farr Vintners, April 2010

The nose is very firm at the moment the tannins rather holding back the fruit. Although the palate has structure there is mass of black fruit enriching, very much dominated by blackcurrant but blackberry and fresher bilberry are both there. There is an attractive sweetness that shows itself towards the back. Drink 2022-2050.

Score: 90/93Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

Often considered the least impressive of the three Léoville properties, this has outshone its neighbours in 2009, just as it did in 2005. Tightly wound, gutsy wine with dense tannins and a touch of meaty reduction. The fruit underneath is polished and sweet, with lovely balance and perfume. If it develops in the bottle as well as the 2005 has, this is a wine to buy. 15+ years.

Score: 97Tim Atkin MW, April 2010

Black red, rich and very impressive concentration of Cabernet cassis, robust and vigourous, seductively succulent fruit with superb natural tannin back up, a very exciting wine. Drink 2016-35.

Score: 18.5Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2010

Ripe and creamy but also refined and lively, this is a beautiful 2009 Medoc, the fine tannins adding a lot to the long and silky finish. The obvious bitter chocolate note will either delight you or be a touch too much. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019)

Score: 95Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com, March 2019

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