2008 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the finest over-achieving efforts in this vintage as well as a 'best buy' for a top-flight St.-Julien, this 2008 is an irresistible success. It reveals an opaque ruby/purple color, lots of unctuosity and a boatload of sweet cassis and black cherry fruit intertwined with notions of licorice, smoke and oak. Full-bodied, remarkably concentrated and stunningly pure and textured, this sensational wine is already drinking well, and will be even better with 2-3 years of cellaring. It should last for 20-25 years. Bravo! (RP)
Generous and ripe, obviously extracted, this is a wine that is packed with tannins sharpened with black fruits. Spice, wood and acidity add to the depth of flavor. (RV)
I am impressed with the fruit and velvety tannins. Full and deliciously fruity with soft tannins and rich fruit. Blueberry. Open and gorgeous. Impressive for the vintage.
Although another potent and moderately tannic expression of Cabernet Sauvignon born of Saint-Julien terroir, this deep and fairly full-bodied version shows a little more polish and a little less coarseness than either of the two Barton bottlings. It is long and sustained on the palate with all of its spaces nicely filled. It is not for drinking any time soon, but it will unfold in a half-dozen years and should peak in ten.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Red-ruby. Aromas of mulberry, redcurrant, mocha, sassafras and spicy oak, with an attractive floral topnote. Juicy, suave and fine-grained, with a repeating floral quality giving the wine lovely inner-mouth perfume. Very sexy oak here. Finishes with firm but suave tannins and excellent dusty persistence. (ST)
Very direct, with black currant and fig paste jumping out and driving all the way through the lightly muscular finish, where extra iron, espresso and charcoal notes fill in. An iron edge lingers. This needs a little time. Best from 2013 through 2019. (JM)
Very dark crimson. Seriously spicy intense nose. Thick and rich with great tannins but quite enough ripeness too. There is life here. Cool finish. Very long and vibrant. 17.5/20 points.