2018 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407986 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Every bit as good as the 2009, and I think better than the 2010 and 2016, the 2018 Château Léoville Poyferré is a total thrill that tops out my scale. Based on 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, its dense purple hue is followed by an incredible, full-bodied monster of a wine that, despite massive amounts of fruit, tannins, and extract, still stays weightless and ethereal, with incredible purity. Loaded with notions of crème de cassis, spring flowers, tobacco, violets, charcoal, and cedar pencil, it's extraordinarily concentrated, flawlessly balanced, and has a finish that won't quit. This is a legendary wine in the making. Give bottles 7-8 years, a decade would be even better, and it will keep for 40-50 years. Hats off to the Cuvelier family for another extraordinary wine! Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Dark cherry, plum, spice and cacao with earthy notes and wood undertones. Cloves, too. Full-bodied, yet in control and poised. Balanced, complex and flavorful. Firm tannins and a long, precise finish. It goes on and on. Structured is the word. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, aged in 80% new oak barriques, the 2018 Léoville Poyferré comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant scents of Morello cherries, plum preserves and blackberry pie, giving way to nuances of cedar chest, unsmoked cigars, vanilla pod and sassafras, plus a waft of crushed rocks. The palate is full-bodied, rich and decadent, delivering hedonic black fruits and lots of spicy accents with a velvety texture and seamless freshness, finishing long and satisfyingly savory. This is a very impressive showing that is delicious out of the gate but has the backbone to give a good 30 years or more of pleasure. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points The Wine Independent

Outer quote mark Composed of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Leoville Poyferre was aged in 80% new oak barriques. Deep garnet-purple colored, it barrels out of the glass with bold notes of prunes, baked black currants and stewed blackberries, plus hints of Chinese five spice, iron ore and wood smoke with a touch of rose oil. Full-bodied, firm, and grainy in the mouth, it features bags of savory and mineral layers among the concentrated, opulent black fruit preserves flavors, finishing with fantastic persistence. (LPB) Inner quote mark (6/2029)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Léoville-Poyferré is sensational in 2018. There's not much more to say than that. A wine of explosive power and intensity, the 2018 dazzles from start to finish. To be sure, the 2018 is racy and opulent, but all the elements come together so effortlessly. Bright red-toned fruit, mocha, pine and wild flowers all open with a bit of coaxing. The new oak is a bit prominent at this stage, but that will be less of an issue over time. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Richly dense and impressively concentrated, this is a powerful wine. Swathes of black fruits show off the Cabernet structure and dark, ageworthy character of this wine. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Waves of warmed cassis, mocha and warm tar aromas lead the way, while the core of macerated plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit waits its turn, showing admirable breadth and depth when it arrives, with roasted apple wood, bramble and cast iron buried deeply through the finish. This is a powerfully rendered wine with a cashmere scarf as accent. *Ranked #7 Wine Spectator Wine of the Year 2021* (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Gorgeously rich, heady and seductive nose, really expressive - you can sense the concentration in the rich blackcurrant aromas, soft hints of bramble bush, perfume and super soft spicing. Exuberant but with such clarity on the palate - clear power there, richly juicy and mouth filling - tannins are present but soft, they have texture and do grip the tongue but the overall feel is so well balanced and textured. Lovely weight in the mouth with cherry and blackcurrant flavours, some menthol, liquorice tones giving freshness and a cooling touch as well as a soft minerality that comes across as wet stone nuance on the tongue. A gentle spice also runs through the wine, grilled cedar and cinnamon but it also has such a lively juicy quality with tension and concentration. Incredible. (GH) Inner quote mark (3/2022)

96 points Jane Anson

Outer quote mark Concentrated but luscious, has so much character and depth to the fruit, a ton of liqourice, chocolate, blackberry. Smoke and grilled herbs, clear rosemary, tumeric even on the nose. There is higher alcohol than in some vintages, and it leaves a trace, even if a faint one. It needs time - for sure a good decade to really open. Inner quote mark (7/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. A popular wine with the group! Very pleasingly rich but within a (very obvious) tannic framework. Very youthful. Yet very rich. This is glorious! Very, very long. 19/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2022)

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2021 | Send Email
In my opinion, St-Julien is the sweet spot in 2018. Léoville Poyferré is composed of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. This is a candidate for the best wine of the vintage at the top level. Big wine, loaded with freshness and layers of silky, blood red fruit. The layers, along with the middle fruit texture and the rounded tannins, are the key here, leading to a very long aftertaste. Outstanding! Three Stars.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2021 | Send Email
This is fat, intense, and powerful but with an amazing undercurrent of energy and freshness. Spiced mulberry and smoky dark plum emerge from the coiled middle, and the finish is concentrated and beautifully textured. Huge but so easy to drink.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2019 | Send Email
On the nose, very concentrated notes of dark fruit and earthy graphite. On the palate, however, very elegant and round, with great acid and nice grippy tannins. This should be a fantastic wine to age in the cellar.

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