B-21 Top Recommendation
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.
Another massive, incredible release from this estate is the 2010 Léoville Poyferré. Based on 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and the balance Petit Verdot, its inky purple color is followed by a massive, full-bodied, incredibly concentrated 2010 that has awesome notes of pure crème de cassis, licorice, graphite, and spring flowers. As with the 2009, it has incredible depth of fruit, yet a slightly more focused, classic style, which is very much in the style of the 2010 vintage. With its new oak completely absorbed by its wealth of fruit, perfect balance, and sweet tannin, it’s a sensational, monumental effort to drink over the coming 3-4 decades.
99 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Feb 2018)
The wine out distances both Leoville Las Cases and Leoville Barton, but all three of them are compelling efforts. Full-bodied, dense purple in color, with floral notes intermixed with blackberries, cassis, graphite and spring flowers, this full-bodied, legendary effort is long and opulent, with wonderfully abundant yet sweet tannin, a skyscraper-like mid-palate and a thrilling, nearly one-minute finish. This spectacular effort from Poyferre that should drink well for 30+ years.
98+ points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 205 - Feb 2013)
A wine of architectural strength and classical proportions, this has straight lines that mark the packed, concentrated fruits, which are sustained by its tannins. This is certainly the best wine that Léoville-Poyferré has produced, sumptuous while so finely structured.
98 points, Wine Enthusiast (Feb 2013)