2013 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1159009 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Firm and concentrated, this wine has rich berry fruits and a fine tannic structure. It shows generous acidity finishing with fine, ripe fruits.  (4/ 2014)

90-92 points Antonio Galloni

 Plums, blueberries, cassis, violets and sweet spices meld together nicely in the 2013 Léoville-Poyferré. Many of the signatures are in place in the 2013, they are just present in miniature. The fleshy, textured finish offers plenty of near and medium-term appeal. In a second tasting, the 2013 showed plenty of depth but also imposing tannins. It will be interesting to see how things develop in elevage here. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.  (4/ 2014)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 Features a mix of red currant, raspberry and boysenberry fruit, with a decidedly racy feel as iron and graphite notes emerge on the finish. Solid.  (4/ 2014)

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/13/2014  | Send Email
Tasted 3 times at the Chateau, the UGC tasting and at negociant Joanne with inconsistent notes. Those notes are a firm reminder to me that these tastings are just a quick snapshot of the wine at 5 months old, not a finished wine and can show differently from day to day as the wine is always changing. At the UGC and the chateau the wine had all of the right components, deep, crimson-blood red fruit but came off raw and short on the finish with is not usually the case. At negociant Joanne the wine was singing! The fruit was far silkier, the tannins were much rounder and the wine was delicious.*

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/13/2014  | Send Email
This is typically one of my favorite producers year-in, year-out, and they did not disappoint in 2013. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot 6% Petit verdot & 3% Cabernet Franc. Spicy, with bitter chocolate, plum and some blueberry and tobacco notes. Layered with grippy tannins. ***½

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/13/2014  | Send Email
Lead pencil, graphite, and mineral-laden in the nose, with red cherry and currant fruit flavors accented with spice. Dense and balanced, this has a lot of grip and power for the vintage. Some of the best fruit we have tasted so far. 91-93 points.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.