Bordeaux

2010 Léoville Poyferré

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The 2010 Léoville-Poyferré takes the 2009 and ups the ante with brilliantly defined, intense black fruit. Perhaps it is just a little more "serious" compared to the previous vintage, but is finely chiseled and displaying more mineralité . The palate has mellowed since I last tasted it, developing more rondeur and a more caressing texture. Extremely pure in style, this fans out wonderful, fills the mouth and lingers for a minute. One of the highlights of Didier Cuvelier’s career, this has a long future ahead. "LP" just does not get better than this. Tasted at the Léoville-Poyferré vertical at the château with Sara Lecompte Cuvelier. Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
97 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2010 Léoville-Poyferré takes the 2009 and ups the ante with brilliantly defined, intense black fruit. Perhaps it is just a little more "serious" compared to the previous vintage, but is finely chiseled and displaying more mineralité . The palate has mellowed since I last tasted it, developing more rondeur and a more caressing texture. Extremely pure in style, this fans out wonderful, fills the mouth and lingers for a minute. One of the highlights of Didier Cuvelier’s career, this has a long future ahead. "LP" just does not get better than this. Tasted at the Léoville-Poyferré vertical at the château with Sara Lecompte Cuvelier.

Expert Review
97 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2010 Léoville-Poyferré has a very intense bouquet with blackberry, briary cedar and light estuarine/seaweed aromas that are very well defined. Pure class. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins, layers of pure black fruit laced with pencil lead and a pinch of white pepper. It fans out wonderfully towards the finish, a Saint-Julien demonstrating wonderful density and precision. What an outstanding wine, perhaps less flamboyant than other vintages, one that will last decades. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal.

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97 POINTS
James Suckling

Opulent aromas of blackberry, black cherry and orange peel follow through to a full body with round, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. A big, significant wine that is starting to open and come around. A long life ahead of it. Drink or hold.

Expert Review
96 POINTS
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

A second growth from St. Julien. Black fruit, dark chocolate and liquorice, earthy and floral at once, with a low haze of smoky oak. It’s medium to full bodied, fresh and lively, with a superb set of firm but ripe tannin, and sensational length. There’s a charming ‘fresh blackberry and hedgerow’ character to this wine too, which reminds you of where it’s from, whereas some of that nuance gets lost in a fair number of wines from this thumping vintage.

Expert Review
95 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2010 Léoville-Poyferré is blessed with a gorgeous, sensual bouquet with blueberry, cassis, violets and just a hint of cough candy soaring from the glass all with outstanding delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity and quite a toasty, grippy finish. Here I can feel the alcohol more than Léoville Barton or Las Cases, although that is unsurprising given the vintage and address. If you like your Left Bank 2010s on the hedonistic side, this is where to come. Tasted from an ex-château bottle at the BI Wines & Spirits 10-Year On tasting.

Expert Review
95 POINTS
Huon Hooke - The Real Review

A very big, powerful wine with stacks of everything: oak and alcohol not least. The bouquet shows a lot of classy oak, while the palate is superbly fleshy and decadently fruit-sweet. A rich and power-packed wine, albeit served up in a full-on style.

Expert Review
94 POINTS
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW - Wine Advocate

Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Léoville Poyferré opens with notes of sautéed herbs and pencil shavings on the nose, giving way to scents of redcurrant jelly, baked plums and cedar chest plus a waft of cassis. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has pleasant energy and well-played, lightly chewy tannins with compelling freshness on the finish.

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Jancis Robinson MW

Quite rich on the nose. Then rather mild and dry on the palate with the tannins quite dominant. Difficult to work out the likely future of this wine. Is it just slightly lacking juice? Or is it well mannered for the future. Here I give it the benefit of the doubt. Just a little sweeter than perfection. Score: 17/20

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Tasting Notes

The 2010 Léoville-Poyferré takes the 2009 and ups the ante with brilliantly defined, intense black fruit. Perhaps it is just a little more "serious" compared to the previous vintage, but is finely chiseled and displaying more mineralité . The palate has mellowed since I last tasted it, developing more rondeur and a more caressing texture. Extremely pure in style, this fans out wonderful, fills the mouth and lingers for a minute. One of the highlights of Didier Cuvelier’s career, this has a long future ahead. "LP" just does not get better than this. Tasted at the Léoville-Poyferré vertical at the château with Sara Lecompte Cuvelier. Neal Martin 97 Points Vinous

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Winemakers Note

Léoville Poyferré, a timeless style "What is essential is invisible to the eye" Since 1920, the Cuvelier Family has drawn inspiration from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's profound words while meticulously shaping the distinctive style of Chateau Léoville Poyferré. Their journey has been characterized by care, contemplation, and an unwavering passion, all infused with a free-spirited ethos unbound by convention. These 'wine adventurers,' hailing from northern France, have always cast their gaze toward the horizon, steadfastly pursuing their mission: the perpetual enhancement of the wine and the revelation of the unique terroir, this hidden gem of the Médoc. As the fourth generation at the helm of this 2nd Grand Cru Classé in 1855 from Saint-Julien, Sara Lecompte Cuvelier preserves what is the real strengths of Léoville Poyferré that may not necessarily be seen at first glance: a secular know-how paired with the complexity of the terroirs.

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International Marketplace Product: Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: Aug 30th, 2024


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