2001 Léoville Poyferré, St-Julien

SKU #1010028 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 The completeness of 2001, with its miraculous balance, is present in this wine. The acidity, ripe blackcurrants sit comfortably on top of dry tannins, the fleshiness of the fruit taking the edge off the tannins. It seems to bring out the structure, the fruit and the refreshing acidity of great Cabernet. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (12/2007)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note given.  (12/2004)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sweet notions of plums, black currants, caramel, and spicy oak are provocative and alluring. Subtle but substantial, layered, and textured, with medium body as well as sexy, up-front flavors, low acidity, and ripe tannin, this beauty is among the most evolved and flamboyant of the appellation. Nevertheless, it should age well. (RP)  (6/2004)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Enticing aromas of redcurrant, leather, tobacco, smoke and mint. Silky but firm in the middle palate, with lovely cut and clarity. Sweet currant fruit complicated by leather and tobacco notes. Finishes firm and persistent. (ST)  (6/2004)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Smoky and rich with lots of spice and berries. Medium- to full-bodied, with very good tannins with soft and silky texture and a medium finish. Not as impressive in bottle as barrel, but outstanding. (JS)  (3/2004)

K&L Notes

Very spicy, licorice, and blackberry flavors. Racy wine with rich fruit. More new wave, but silky. 93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 10-Year On horizontal. This has a lovely ripe, creamy bouquet with a lot of well subsumed new oak matched by clean, plum and blackberry scented fruit interlaced with cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good structure here with notes of blackberry, cedar, a slight ferrous note and truffle towards the classic, foursquare finish. Very conservative but certainly very well made." (05/2011)

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2011 | Send Email
Dirty old school style Bordeaux. Funky, intense bandaid, fleshy and herbal. Old spice box and fresh tobacco leaf. Ready to go. No more than 5 years left.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2011 | Send Email
OMG, this wine is unbelievable. It has tons of mid-palate fruit, is full and concentrated with spice and black licorice flavors. This wine has years ahead of it, but is great now with two hours of decanting. At least 94 points from me.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2011 | Send Email
Dark garnet color. Very classic nose of coffee, currents, olives, graphite and exotic spices. The palate follows the nose with medium tannins. It is a perfect Bordeaux to enjoy right now

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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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.