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Léoville Poyferré 2020

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Julien
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 6% 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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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2020Léoville PoyferréBT25 \ 0 300864.001295/97 NM3009697.0095.00Leoville Poyferre0.7510
Bordeaux2020Léoville PoyferréBT62 \ 012432.00695/97 NM129697.0095.00Leoville Poyferre0.7510
Bordeaux2020Léoville PoyferréMG32 \ 06442.00395/97 NM698.22222297.0095.00Leoville Poyferre1.510
Bordeaux2020Léoville PoyferréDM44323.00bt95/97 NM4107.6666666666797.0095.00Leoville Poyferre310
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Tasting Notes

The 2020 Léoville Poyferré builds on the success of recent vintages, offering intense yet exquisitely defined black cherries, wild strawberry, cassis and crushed stone aromas. It is high-toned as usual but not quite as hedonistic as the recently tasted 2018. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that belie the backbone of this Saint-Julien. Slightly lactic in texture toward the spicy finish; the oak will be assimilated by the time of bottling, leaving a very suave and sophisticated wine that will give 30–40 years of drinking pleasure. Easily one of the classiest offerings from this Saint-Julien in recent years. Drink 2025-2055.

95/97
Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2021

Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Léoville Poyferré comes bounding out of the glass like an energetic young pup, delivering exuberant scents of crushed black cherries, juicy blackberries and warm cassis, with hints of ground cloves, dark chocolate, lilacs and tilled soil. The medium to full-bodied palate is wonderfully plush, delivering bags of ripe black fruits with a seamless backbone of acidity, finishing long and spicy.Drink: 2027 - 2051

95/97
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (May 2021 W), May 2021

Impressive purity of fruit on the nose with crushed raspberries, blackcurrants and blackberries. Some lead pencil, too. It’s full-bodied with very polished, intense tannins that go on for minutes. The quality and precision of the tannins are impressive, giving the wine form, energy and equilibrium.

96/97
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2021

The 2020 Léoville-Poyferré is a powerful, structured wine. In recent vintages, Léoville-Poyferré has been more opulent, but the 2020 shows off a towering, vertical build framed by a soaring spine of tannin. Dark red cherry, pomegranate, cedar and spicebox emerge with a bit of coaxing. Ultimately, though, Léoville-Poyferré is less showy than most Saint-Juliens at this stage. I don't expect that will be much of an issue in time. In a word: magnificent. Tasted three times. Drink 2032-2050.

95/97
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2021

Full bottle 1,345 g. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Plot-by-plot fermentation and ageing for 18 to 20 months (still in train, as the notes explain). Here they admit they don't do the final assemblage until June.
Dark crimson. Relatively voluptuous nose. Flattering initially but then with quite a charge of inky tannins underneath. Needs time. Notably dry on the finish but with good density. Rather more obviously dry and less flashy than some vintages. Very much made for the long term with a juicy, spicy undertow. Extremely youthful. Unusually, it seems drier than Léoville Barton. 13.7%
Drink 2030 – 2053

17.5+
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2021
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2020 marks 100 years of Cuvelier family ownership at Léoville Poyferré, which will be commemorated with a special bottle in this vintage. It is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3% Carbernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep purple in colour. The nose is smoky and rich, full of cassis, kirsch, cinnamon and liquorice. The palate is full of brambly fruit that is matched by grippy, mouthcoating tannin and intense sweet spice. This will take a few years to fully integrate, but should offer plush, powerful but measured drinking in from 10 years after vintage.

93/95
Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2021

Rich and concentrated with violet reflections and a wall of tannins. Well structured, it sets its feet deep in the ground and will need time to soften and develop. Good quality with depth. The tannins are far more present than the alcohol, setting it apart from the 2018. A yield of 35hl/ha. Harvest september 14 to 30. Planted blend (not 2020) 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc.

Drinking Window 2028 - 2042

96
Jane Anson, Decanter.com, May 2021

(64% CS, 31% M, 3% CF, 2% PV; 13.7% ABV; 80% new)
Inky; closed to smell, blackcurrant-tight; rich, elegantly “packed” wine, with a perfectly poised, freshly defining acidity and a superfine, velvety tannin, an overall effortlessly harmonious balance; ripe rather than “sweet, ” long, graceful, rich, but not heavy, taut, close-grained, freshly ripe blackcurrant and mineral in flavor, very long across the palate, with a wonderful finish of subtle ripe fruit fragrance and fine gravel aromas. Most complete, a real beauty. 2030–50+.

94/95
Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine, May 2021
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