2009 Chateau Leoville Poyferre (750ml)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Bordeaux fans and history buffs no doubt recognize the story, the history of Leoville Poyferre and its winding road, its entangled history with Leoville Las Cases, dating to the 17th century. Along with Chateau Margaux and Latour, one of the original Medoc chateaux to produce wine was owned by a member of the Bordeaux Parliament, Jean de Moytié, who christened his property Mont-Moytié. For more than a century, Mont-Moytié would expand, acquiring land, enlarging plantings and enriching its wines through then-cutting-edge viticultural practices.

Over the decades, and via numerous marriages, eventually the estate became the property of Alexandre de Gascq, who re-christened the massive property Leoville. Leoville further advanced the quality of its wines; trellising, barrique aging and the use of new barrels. By the time of de Gascq's death, Leoville – incredibly well-respected – was one of the largest in all of Bordeaux, covering 500 acres.

Fast-forward to the 19th century and the vast Leoville was split among the heirs, with Pierre de Lascases and his sister Jeanne splitting the estate. Jeanne bequeathed her portion to her daughter, who was married to Baron Poyferré de Cerès. Leoville Poyferre was born.

But it would be the arrival of the Cuvelier family in the 1920s which would alter Leoville Poyferre's direction for good. By the 1970s, Didier Cuvelier took over production of the estate's wines, bringing with him the well-renowned consultant Michel Rolland. By the 1982 vintage, Leoville Poyferre was at the top of their game, and once again a darling of the Bordeaux world.

In 2009, Leoville Poyferre joined an elite group of Bordeaux chateaux, entering the "100 club" with a perfect score from Parker. Today, we're thrilled to offer this new release – ex-Chateau – of two of Leoville Poyferre's most dramatic, profound offerings of the past several decades. Perfect provenance, these are recently released from the estate, we anticipate taking delivery by year's end.


One of the more flamboyant and sumptuous wines of the vintage, this inky/purple-colored St.-Julien reveals thrilling levels of opulence, richness and aromatic pleasures. A soaring bouquet of creme de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers is followed by a super-concentrated wine with silky tannins, stunning amounts of glycerin, a voluptuous, multilayered mouthfeel and nearly 14% natural alcohol. Displaying fabulous definition for such a big, plump, massive, concentrated effort, I suspect the tannin levels are high even though they are largely concealed by lavish amounts of fruit, glycerin and extract. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040.

100 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 199 - Feb 2012)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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