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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. Try after 2025. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Robert Parker's 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 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. Drink the wine from 2027. *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. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark One of the darkest in colour, with an inky ruby that stains the glass. Even on the nose you feel the texture of this wine. Clear damson and chocolate shavings, cocoa beans and liquorice. This is young and extremely good-quality - straying into gold territory, and will age for ages. Still extremely young, the tannins are multiplying as it stays in the mouth, popping up from all over the place, with a slow slate finish that I love. I couldn't wait to find out what this was. It is one that should be left for 10 to 15 years but has ageing potential. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

K&L Notes

95 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Léoville Poyferré has a glorious bouquet of layers of black cherry, blueberry, violet and potpourri that is opulent yet (paradoxically) effortlessly controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. Some of the puppy fat that enveloped this wine from barrel has gone, revealing more backbone and an impressive sense of cohesion and symmetry on the finish. This is an outstanding Léoville Poyferré that has gained another level of complexity since I tasted it from barrel." (3/2021)


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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: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2021 | Send Email
This dark, powerful wine is full of impressive ripe, nearly confiture-like black fruit. It is by far the richest of the 2018 St-Juliens that we tasted and a wine for the hedonistic Cabernet lover. It is composed of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petite Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc.

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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