Léoville Poyferré 2008

SubregionSt Julien

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Tasting Notes

One of the finest over-achieving efforts in this vintage as well as a "best buy" for a top-flight St.-Julien, this 2008 is an irresistible success. It reveals an opaque ruby/purple color, lots of unctuosity and a boatload of sweet cassis and black cherry fruit intertwined with notions of licorice, smoke and oak. Full-bodied, remarkably concentrated and stunningly pure and textured, this sensational wine is already drinking well, and will be even better with 2-3 years of cellaring. It should last for 20-25 years. Bravo!

Score: 94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

This powerful, dense, full-bodied 2008 is still backward and unevolved, but it possesses a dense purple color as well as sweet aromas of creme de cassis, vanillin, crushed rocks, and flowers. With high but ripe tannin and a long finish, this wine will benefit from 5-8 years of cellaring, and should keep for three decades thereafter.

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (182), April 2009

The 2008 Léoville-Poyferré has a well-defined, quite precise and energetic bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and pencil lead aromas. This is very focused and engaging. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, graphite and pencil box aromas, harmonious in the mouth with a long and refined finish. What a fabulous Saint Julien from Didier Cuvelier, one that satiates the senses (and then some). 2018 - 2040

Score: 94Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2018

Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. Didier Cuvelier's wine seems to be on an upward curve in bottles. It has a very attractive bouquet with cedar and tobacco aromas. A lovely "classic" Saint Julien nose. The palate is ripe and well-defined with firm tannins, extremely well balanced towards the elegant finish. This is beautifully made and quite feminine, surpassing my expectations. Tasted January 2012.

Score: 93Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, January 2012

A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Ripe saturated blackberry on the nose with touches of cedar and smoke all in Poyferre's usual extrovert style. The palate has very good fruit concentration with pure blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry and cedar. Good sense of mineralité and tension on the finish. Great length. Much improvement over the 2007. Excellent. Tasted April 2009

Score: 91/93Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2009

Very dark crimson. Seriously spicy intense nose. Thick and rich with great tannins but quite enough ripeness too. There is life here. Cool finish. Very long and vibrant.

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, January 2012

Dark crimson. Rather raw on the nose - some underripe fruit? Sweet start then a bit rhubarby - smashed fruit. Fades very fast.

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2009

The mix of black fruits on the nose gives lots of interest with the cassis tending to dominate. The
palate is full of ripe fruit a good depth of flavour the fruit underpinned by coffee and liquorice.
The finish is lighter long and stylish. 2014-2026

Score: 92Derek Smedley MW, November 2012

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