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2006 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien

SKU #1047731 93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Poyferré produced a shimmering, polished Cabernet in 2006, supple and more harmonious than many in the Médoc. Rich new oak lends the wine opulence and darkens the graphite mineral character of the tannins with an espresso-roast blackness. The fruit has dimension, balanced between plump blueberry and a more restrained vegetal note. Satisfying and delicious as a young wine, this should age with grace. Inner quote mark (12/2009)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Beautifully dense, this generous, rich wine combines great fruit with a firm but sweet structure. The new wood element is still prominent, but this is now beginning to blend well with the ripe fruit. To finish, the tannins reassert themselves. (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2009)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Léoville Poyferré has one of the most harmonious and complete bouquets from Saint Julien: very well-defined blackberry, briary and chalky scents, real focus and delivery here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, ripe tannin matched with well-judged acidity. Like the 2006 Léoville-Barton, it is stubborn and backward, but there is clearly harmony and focus on the finish, the new oak deftly assimilated in the fabric of the wine. This is a lovely wine from Didier Cuvelier. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Full ruby-red. Ripe aromas of currant, milk chocolate and smoky oak. Lush, sweet and full, with superripe yet backward flavors of dark berries, dark chocolate and minerals. Wonderfully layered, structured wine whose excellent vinosity and firm tannins call for several years of patience. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2009)

90 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Wonderful aromatics that display beautiful aromas of bramble fruits, evolving with age into glowing embers without sacrificing fruit. A rich smoked chicory note is evident that sets Léoville Poyferré apart from the other two Bordeaux Léovilles. Still young and crackling with life with undeniable exoticism. There is a real sense of lift through the palate and excellent persistency. (JA) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Blackberry, licorice and blueberry aromas lead to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a clean finish. Firm and attractive. (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2009)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Deep crimson. Starting to fade at the rim. Sweet, concentrated but spicy nose with some dustiness on the edge of the palate. Really muscular and fine. Long. Beautifully constructed. Luscious enough for current drinking but obviously has masses of potential. Ripe tannins. 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2016)

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By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2010 | Send Email
I wasn’t expecting this to show anything right now, especially since I didn’t have to time to decant it for any length of time before the tasting. But it had lots of black fruit on the nose. On the palate, the tannins were astringent with lots of black fruit and coffee, all of which carried over to the finish. This wine will be rewarding if you can wait a few years before you drink it.

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