2003 Leoville Poyferre

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 96 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 80 JR
  • 95 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52978-2003
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 95

    I love the rich and opulent nose to this with flowers, plums and currants. Full and powerful with great freshness and balance. Still a little tight, yet dense and intense. Wonderful wine through and through. Leave it alone for five or six years still. Pull the cork after 2016.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Pure cassis on the nose. Impressive. Full-bodied, thick and powerful, with loads of fruit and big, velvety tannins. Goes on for minutes on the palate. Huge wine. Very, very impressive. This is one of the big surprises of the vintage.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Sweet and round. Big and broad shouldered. Not the most classical or finest but lots of sweet substance. (Average group score: 16.1)
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The spectacular 2003 Leoville Poyferre exhibits a dense purple color with a touch of lightening at the edge as well as notes of creosote, barbecue smoke, jammy black currants, licorice and spice box. This intense, voluptuously textured, full-bodied St.-Julien possesses low acidity and ripe tannin. Still fresh and exuberant, it is just entering its plateau of full maturity where it should remain for 10-15+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Hurraerik
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: Walker Wine Ranch
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    Drink Dates: 2009-2020
    Author: Tallydoc
  • Self | Rating: 99

    A boatload of Indian spices (such as curry, cumin and chili powder) filled the air so vividly, I assumed Cos d'Estournel due to it's distinct spice profile. Flowers, rich cassis and mocha spice were present in copious quantities, clearly stamping Poyferre's place on the 'big time wine' category. The loads of dark fruits and bitter chocolate simply wouldn't quit as they sailed on the ripened-to-perfection tannic backbone. Unreal...just wait 5 more years and then see what happens.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 95

    An incredible wine with lots of fruit gorgeous deep red color incredible nose of fresh huge red berries with soft well integrated tannins with a long finish. unbelievable wine. had with 1970 Leoville Poyferre. Great food and great wine makes for a great lunch with good friends.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2030
    Author: David 429
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Excellent, layered, elegant, and holding up well.
    Author: Brian F129
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Lots of up-front fruit, soft and ready. Lite soft tannins with light acidity. The wine is ready to drink.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2016
    Author: Walter Z
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Wow! I tried this a few years ago and resolved to wait. It was worth it. The nose was distinctive and quite strong. Initial notes of earth and old furniture on the nose along with a bit of spice. Mouthfeel is good and the initial flavor and tannins give way to rich coating layers of fruit and a taut and lingering finish. This was a stellar bottle.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2025
    Author: DartAdam
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.

See other similar producers:Chateau Cos D'Estournel,Chateau Clerc-Milon,Chateau Lagrange
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 5789 bottles owned
  • 614 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 614 collectors)