2005 Leoville Poyferre 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Julien | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2005 Leoville Poyferre
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International Wine Cellar | 93

($100-$135) Saturated ruby-red. Deeply pitched aromas of black cherry, currant and coffee. Sweet, silky and full, but with lovely ripe acidity to frame the dense black fruit, mocha and mineral flavors. Showing a glossy aspect to its fruit that is exhilarating, even if this deep, fairly tannic wine is a bit sullen at present, despite showing excellent back-end breadth. This is a full 13.5% alcohol; the petit verdot component reached 14.5% potential alcohol in 2005, said Cuvelier, who describes 2005 as "a year of sun but not surmaturite

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 93

Although I still prefer the 2003, the 2005 Leoville Poyferre is a gorgeously opulent, approachable wine that is far less massive and austere than its two siblings. The most seductive, approachable, and charming of the three Leovilles, it exhibits a dense purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of mocha, black chocolate, creme de cassis, licorice, and toasty oak. Full-bodied with gorgeous upfront fruit in addition to impressive levels of melted, well-integrated tannin, it should be at its finest between 2015-2035.

Drink Dates: 2015-2035
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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Wine Spectator | 92

Dark ruby red in color, with aromas of currant, blackberry, toasty oak and light cappuccino. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a beautiful, caressing aftertaste. Touches every part of the palate. Outstanding, but slightly disappointing after such a great showing from barrel.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 89
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/27/2011
Drink Dates: 2015-2020
This bottle was very "weak."
Score:
Author: Brown Steven
Trust Rating: 78
Tasted On: 06/28/2010
2 x 12 in wood cases
Score: 93
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation I?ll always be a bit letdown by Poyferre, and it isn'tnecessarily fair to the Chateau for me to feel that way. While their ?04 and ?05 are outstanding wines, ever since I tasted the other-worldly 2003, I just can'thelp but compare all their subsequent wines to that almost unachievable gold standard. Hints of mushroom, pencil lead and deep blackberry liqueur are found in this chewy, rich and well constructed ?05 that is priced at a nearly prohibitive level for it?s outstanding, but not exemplary quality (the ?04 is definitely the better deal, and I scored them both the same),

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Score: 95
Author: Emily A
Tasted On: 06/30/2006
Loads of blackberry, licorice and toasted oak on the nose. Full-bodied, with lots of focused and clean ripe fruit character. Balanced and refined. Another 2003? Maybe even better? Score range: 95-100
More Vintages and Sizes of Leoville Poyferre:

2009 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)
1995 (750ml)

About This Producer


Classified as a Second Growth estate, Château Léoville Poyferré is a rising star in Bordeaux, well-known for its aromatic and velvety wines. In recent years, the style has leaned toward a more complex and rich nature, and the estate has been receiving increasingly positive reviews. The vineyards are planted to a majority Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc comprising the remainder. The Saint-Julien property has been owned by the Cuvelier family since 1921, and Didier Cuvelier has been in charge of the estate since 1979. Much of the chateau's recent praise is due to Cuvelier, with the advice of consultant Michel Rolland, who has implemented many improvements to quality and style at Leoville Poyferre. In addition to its grand vin, the estate produces a second wine called Moulin Riche.

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