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Léoville Poyferré 2006

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Dense ruby/purple, with sweet blackberry and black currant fruit with hints of smoke, espresso roast, and new saddle leather, this is another impressively endowed but tannic, backward style of wine. The concentration, brightness, and depth are all present, but I can-t see it being even approachable in less than 5-7 years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009

The 2006 Château Léoville Poyferré has one of the most harmonious and complete bouquets from Saint Julien: very well-defined blackberry, briary and chalky scents, real focus and delivery here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, ripe tannin matched with well-judged acidity. Like the 2006 Léoville-Barton, it is stubborn and backward, but there is clearly harmony and focus on the finish, the new oak deftly assimilated in the fabric of the wine. This is a lovely wine from Didier Cuvelier.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2016

Solid core of fruit. Full-bodied, with big, chewy, slightly austere tannins. Lots of currant, mineral and blackberry on the finish. A little more on the midpalate would push it up a notch.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007

Lovely deep, dark crimson. Sweet and ripe on the nose - something of woodland about this on the nose. Definite vegetal freshness. Hint of molasses and a slightly green, fine note on the finish. Bit of a ballerina - leaner than some though very fine tannin management. Bravo! More elegant than usual.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007

Full ruby-red. Ripe aromas of currant, milk chocolate and smoky oak. Lush, sweet and full, with superripe yet backward flavors of dark berries, dark chocolate and minerals. Wonderfully layered, structured wine whose excellent vinosity and firm tannins call for several years of patience.

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009
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Beautiful, vibrant, black raspberry and cassis fruit, fresh acidity, medium to full body, superb ripeness, melted tannins, and a long, savory, expansive mouthfeel are found in this top-notch St.-Julien. Friendlier than the more backward, tannic 2005 Leoville-Poyferre, the 2006 should be at its finest between 2011-2028.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

Tasted at the château. A deep purple/black hue. The nose wafts from the glass and caresses the olfactory sense: blackberries, cherry, cold steel and lots of sweet vanillary new oak. The palate is full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and very pure with plump, Rubenesque, rounded fruit. A voluptuous Poyferré, soft and showy, lush and sensuous. A second bottle at the UGC was showing a little more structure and backbone. A medium- rather than long-term wine that is pretty irresistible. Tasted April 2007.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2007

Deep ruby-red. Plum, currant and sexy cedary oak on the nose. At once sweet and vinous, with juicy acidity giving lift to the flavors of currant, licorice and minerals. Finishes firm and long, with a note of licorice and a slight dryness to the firm tannic spine. This has the energy and backbone for a long, slow evolution in bottle and will require patience.

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008
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