Léoville Poyferré 2019

SubregionSt Julien

Like its neighbour Léoville Barton, Poyferré usually offers good value for money when first offered en primeur. The wines here are more smooth, ripe and fleshy than the seriously structured wines of Barton and Lascases. The result is a delicious St Julien that can usually charm early in its life and can stand the test of time. A frequent winner of blind tastings. Plantings in the 80 hectare vineyard are 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Fruit from the younger vines goes into "Le Pavillon de Poyferré" whilst "Moulin Riche"is made from a separate part of the vineyard.

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Tasting Notes

The 2019 Léoville-Poyferré has a typically seductive bouquet with layers of ripe black fruit laced with tobacco, sous-bois, touches of marmalade and dried orange peel. Give it another hour and more blue fruit begins to emerge. The palate is medium-bodied with lavish, luxuriant black fruit and a creamy texture that is instantly seductive. It is a more opulent Saint-Julien than the Barton with a satin-like texture on the finish. If you love the style of Léoville-Poyferré then you will adore this. 2026 - 2065

Score: 96/98Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

Casting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2019 Léoville Poyferré charges out of the gate with alluring notes of chocolate-covered cherries, blueberry pie, dried mulberries and blackcurrant cordial plus suggestions of camphor, espresso, spice cake and oolong tea. The medium to full-bodied palate reveals bags of freshness and a suitably approachable texture, supporting the decadent blackberry preserves and exotic spice layers, finishing on a stewed tea note. An already incredibly impressive wine, I imagine by the end of barrel aging the tannins will be fully brought into line here and the fruit will emerge singing of even more nuances. 2026 - 2055

Score: 93/95+Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (July Week ), July 2020

Chewy and rich this year with lots of ripe tannins and solid depth of fruit. Chocolate and walnuts to the blue fruit. It’s full-bodied. Plenty of fruit at the end. Excellent length.

Score: 96/97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020

The 2019 Léoville-Poyferré is magnificent. Inky, dark and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2019 possesses off-the-charts richness allied to tremendous breadth that grows over time. Crème de cassis, chocolate, licorice, sweet spice and menthol wrap around the palate as this dense, potent Saint-Julien shows off its alluring personality. Readers should be prepared to cellar the 2019 for some years, as it is a wine of raw power.

Score: 95/97Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020

The 2019 is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, and 3% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The harvest took place from 20th September to 11th October, with the result 14% abv. The wine will be aged for 18-20 months in 80% new French oak. Deep purple in colour with an opulent nose of cassis, fig and sweet vanilla. The palate follows in this vein, with glossy and fleshy fruit giving a rounded, creamy texture. The tannins are ripe, fine and well-integrated at this stage, allowing the juicy cassis to shine through. The oak is toasty but matched but the intense fruit, showing cinnamon, nutmeg and cedar. This builds to a broad, long and hedonistic finish. Impressive.

Score: 18Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

A rich and highly charged Poyferré, with creamy damson and vanilla pod spice expanding through the mid palate. Hugely impressive, with velvety tannins and plenty of charcoal, grilled sarments and slate impact. Higher tension through the core would take the score up even further. 4% Cabernet Franc completes the blend. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the estate under the ownership of the Cuvelier family. Drinking Window 2027 - 2042

Score: 96Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020

7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Barrel sample.
Deep purple hue. Rich but reserved with great purity of fruit. Cassis and spice aromas. Powerful tannic frame but folded in layers of unctuous fruit. Mouth-filling and flexing a little muscle. A big wine with plenty of matière. Long finish. One for the cellar. (JL)
Drink 2030 – 2050

Score: 18James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020

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