2005 Château Léoville-Poyferré
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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 surmaturiteAuthor: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Dark 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.Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93Leoville Poyferre's dense ruby/purple 2005 is soft, round and juicy, with lots of blackcurrant fruit, plum and Asian spice. It is medium to full-bodied and, along with Leoville Las Cases and Saint-Pierre, probably one of the best St.-Juliens I tasted in this retrospective. It is surprisingly supple and accessible. Drink it over the next 15 or so years.Author: Robert Parker
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 94Lots of sexy, exotic aromas to this wine in addition to flamboyant floral undertones. It's full-bodied with a cold tannic texture and flavor that gives the wine a very graphite-like undertone. Drinkable now but better in 2018.Author: James Suckling
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17Tasted blind. Dark crimson. Luscious colour! Very healthy look. Very dense, as though the density is locking the aroma in. Big and intense and luscious on the palate. Lots going on here.Author: Jancis Robinson
Self | Rating:2 x 12 in wood casesAuthor: Brown Steven
Self | Rating: 95I usually prefer the 2003, but 2005 Leoville Poyferre quite the opulent wine! It exhibits a dense deep color and full bodied taste. Ready to enjoy but I would hold for another 10 years.Drink Dates: 2016-2035Author: NC
Self | Rating: 93I?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),Drink Dates: 04-01-2008Author: Brad Coelho
Self | Rating: 95Loads 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: 95-100Author: Emily A
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White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of and , 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 .
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 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 , , and in and . 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
- 1608 bottles owned
- 229 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 229 collectors)