2011 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)
Ripe, fruity and powerful, this wine has intense Cabernet black-currant flavors, with plenty of richness and concentration. It shows the acidity and the bright fruit of the year.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This property, which has been on a qualitative tear over the last generation, has produced one of the most successful wines of 2011. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it is broad, rich, medium to full-bodied and dense. It boasts an inky/purple color as well as lots of concentration, silky tannins, and a bigger, richer mouthfeel than any of its St.-Julien peers. The result is one of the stars of the vintage. (RP)
A very ripe, fleshy, gutsy style, with mouthfilling tar, espresso, braised fig and dark plum notes still waiting to meld fully. The broad, muscular finish has a nice briary edge. Impressive.
Blackberry and currant aromas with hints of minerals. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Chewy and reserved. Just the right amount of fruit covering the tannins. Harmony for the vintage. Better in 2017.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque, very deep purple-ruby. Deep, brooding nose hints at blackcurrant, graphite and cedar. Dense, rich and suave, with captivating sweetness to the flavors of blackcurrant, mint and flint. The finish is pure, creamy and long, with smooth spicy tannins I love this wine's pure black fruit nose, and its harmonious acidity really extends and lifts its flavors. This chateau has been on a roll of late.
**+ 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot. Cab Franc nose. Good depth. A powerful wine. One of the best of the vintage. Each one of us loved this wine. Trey: New wave nose, lots of oak, creamy sweet and lush on the mid-palate. Ripe, fleshy tannins and a sweet finish. Loads of fruit and concentration. Lots of stuffing. 92-94 points. RS: As usual the great vineyard of Léoville produced three superb wines, and all could be considered for wine of the vintage. Barton and Las Cases show the power, and Poyferré shows the "silky side" of this great vineyard. All demonstrate rich layers of fruit and complexity that most wines in 2011 just do not have. The Poyferré's fruit is blood red and silky. Good weight. A terrific wine. ** AP: Just call them butter, 'cause they're on a roll! This is the third vintage in a row that Poyferré made one of the best wines of the vintage. This wine is gorgeous, with black cherry, cola and mashed sour blackberries. Layered, with nice length and good fruit. Shows some tannins.