The plushest, most ostentatious and dramatic of all the Leovilles in 2000, this wine is already sumptuous, displaying some nuances in its huge nose of vanilla bean, black chocolate, jammy black cherries, cassis, and graphite in a flamboyant style. Opulent, savory, rich, and full-bodied, it is a head-turning, prodigious wine and a complete contrast to the extracted behemoth of Leoville Barton and the backward, classic Leoville Las Cases. The Poyferre's low acidity, sweet tannin and an already gorgeous mouthfeel make it a wine to drink now as well as over the next 25 or more years.
|Score: 97||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010|
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
Wow, this wine has really come on strong. A brilliant effort, it boasts an opaque purple color in addition to a gorgeously sweet nose (make that explosive nose) of blackberries and creme de cassis intermixed with minerals, smoke, and earth. The 2000 is opulent, full-bodied, and much more accessible than either of its two Leoville siblings, Leoville Las Cases or Leoville Barton, with low acidity, sweet tannin, and a layered, sumptuous finish. It continues to improve dramatically and looks to be a great success, rivaling the brilliant 1996 and 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
|Score: 92/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002|
|Score: 92/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001|
A sensuous, ripe, harmonious bouquet soars seductively from the glass; red-berried fruit, leather, scorched earth, orange peel and a touch of marmalade. Very good definition. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, lovely focus and purity, seamless texture, cedar and smoke laced black fruits with a touch of graphite towards the finish. This 2000 just does not put a foot wrong. Bravo Didier! Drink 2013-2035. Drink 2013-2035.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, March 2010|
|Score: 94||James Suckling, Wine Spectator Weekly (16 Jan 03), January 2003|
|Score: 95/100||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, January 2003|