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

SKU #1407986 96-99 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark One of the gems in the vintage will be the 2018 Château Léoville-Poyferré, which is a powerful, incredibly sexy wine based on 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, representing just 45% of the total production. In the same ballpark as the 2000, 2005, 2009, and 2010, its deep purple color is followed by a rich, opulent bouquet of sweet black and blue fruits, tobacco, and graphite. Both intellectually and hedonistically satisfying, it fills the mouth with fruit, has remarkable purity and precision for such a powerful wine, sweet tannins, and a finish that goes on for nearly a minute. It's similar in character to the 2009 and will keep for three decades or more. This wine checks in at 14.4% alcohol, with a pH of 3.7, and a massive (one of the highest in the vintage) IPT value of 90. Tasted twice. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

97-98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is so powerful and dense with amazing tannin quality that reminds me of dense clouds, because they are agile and light. Multilayered. Extremely long, too. Punchy! One of the best wines I have ever had from here. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

95-98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is brimming with plum, blackberry and blueberry reduction flavors, backed by grippy, energetic bramble, licorice and apple wood notes. Chockablock with stuff but defined and balanced. A no-brainer for the cellar. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Deep, silky, and satiny in texture, you can practically stroke this in the glass! The round mouthfeel tells of ripe fruit and generous alcohol but there's not a trace of heat, and the balance is gorgeous. Tannins match you step for step, stopping for breath in all the right places. They keep the luscious black cherry, liquorice and dark chocolate all in place. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

94-97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Léoville-Poyferré is a stunning wine that shows a very distinct shift in style under the leadership of Sara Lecompte Cuvelier towards greater energy and vibrancy. The 2018 soars out of the glass with stunning aromatic presence. In its latest incarnation, Léoville-Poyferré is marked by a distinct emphasis on freshness and less extraction than in the past, with sweeter, riper tannins than is the norm. It will be interesting to see if that is an expression of the vintage, or a move toward a gentler approach to winemaking, but I suspect much of it is the latter. Dark red cherry, menthol, pine and wild flowers abound in a stunning, vibrant Saint-Julien that will leave readers weak at the knees. Tasted three times. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Léoville Poyferré begins sporting a veil of cedar, opening out to reveal profound notions of crème de cassis, warm kirsch, Black Forest cake and Indian spices plus hints of chargrilled meats and Sichuan pepper. Full-bodied and built like a brick house, the taut, muscular black fruit has a solid frame of firm, ripe tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long with loads of savory nuances. Aging is anticipated to be for 18 months in barriques, 80% new. The current blend is 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Velvet tannins support beautifully ripe black fruits, giving a wine that is structured yet also generous in nature. The wine is likely to age for many years with its deceptively massive tannic structure and lasting acidity. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

92-94 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Léoville Poyferré was picked from 24 September with the Merlot, the Cabernet Sauvignon following six days later and finishing on 12 October. It has a deep purple colour. The bouquet is sensual and voluptuous with black plum, cassis and blueberry, very floral with violet and pressed iris aromas, typically quite outgoing in style. [A second bottle displays more dark chocolate aromas.] The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins and a fine bead of acidity. There is a plushness to this Poyferré that belies good backbone underneath and a saline, truffle tinged finish that lingers in the mouth. It just feels a little blunt at the moment but it should flesh out with time." (11/2019)


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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.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2019 | Send Email
In my opinion Saint-Julien is the sweet spot in 2018. Leoville Poyferre is composed of 64% CS 30% Merlot 3% CF and 3% PV. This is a candidate for the best tasting 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! 3 Stars Ralph Sands

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