Along with Leoville Las Cases and a few others, this is among the stars of the appellation. Made in a more floral, supple, Margaux-like style, the deep ruby/purple-hued 2004 Leoville Poyferre exhibits sweet, broad flavors, and plenty of tannin lurking beneath the surface. However, the abundant cherry, black currant, licorice, and smoke notes obscure the tannic clout. This rich, powerful, broad beauty should be drinkable in 2-3 years, and last for two decades.
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (171), June 2007|
Compared to the blockbuster 2003, the 2004 is a more streamlined, elegant effort without the power, glycerin, and thickness of its older sibling. Nevertheless, it is an impressive St.-Julien offering a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of smoky cassis and cherries, medium body, and admirable concentration, purity, nobleness, and elegance. It’s not a blockbuster, but rather a classic Bordeaux for drinking between 2008-2020.
|Score: 90/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005|
Silky and refined, with a good depth of fruit and ripe tannins. Medium- to full-bodied. Long finish for the vintage
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 05), April 2005|
Particularly deep crimson. Hidden but intriguing nose. Some tobacco and leather. Lots there, all buried and unexposed. Great concentration and depth but just a bit stolid. Lots of firm but ripe tannins. This should make good but not great old bones. Drink 2010-20
|Score: 17+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2005|
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2008|