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1982 Léoville-Poyferré, St-Julien

SKU #950045 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark There is no question that Leoville Poyferre was not making wines at the level of quality they have since 1990. That said, the 1982 is a great wine, no doubt because of the vintage rather than the winemaking at that time. A brilliant effort, it boasts a dense purple color as well as a sweet, flowery bouquet revealing plenty of creme de cassis, plum, and cherry notes, stunning concentration, a boatload of power, sweet tannins (the sweetest and easiest to taste among the St.-Juliens), and a long finish. Although close to full maturity, it has at least 20-25 years of life remaining. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2009)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 1982 vintage at Château Leoville-Poyferré has always been one of the reference point vintages for this property during its last stage of classical wines, prior to Michel Rolland being invited in to consult here in the 1990s. The wine showed beautifully at our recent ’82 St. Julien tasting, offering up impressive soil signature on both the nose and palate and plenty of the vintage’s superb fruit tones. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a fine blend of red and black cherries, cigar ash, a complex and classy base of soil tones, well done toasty new oak and a lovely touch of spice in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and focused, with a fine core, impressive transparency, melting tannins and excellent balance on the very long and suave finish. A lovely wine. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1982 Léoville Poyferré has long been one of my favorite Saint-Julien wines, and this does not disappoint. Dark in color, it has a gorgeous bouquet of mulberry, raspberry, melted tar and rose petal aromas, and a little exoticism courtesy of a dab of fig. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and quite dense black fruit that merges with blue fruit in the latter half. There is fine backbone to this Saint-Julien, which reveals cedar and graphite toward the fresh, convincing finish. Bottles are just reaching their peak, while large formats will last many more years. (NM) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Like inhaling a much-loved leather jacket the morning after a cigar-soaked evening. Perhaps the 1983 vintage is showing just a whisker better at the moment, but this has that generosity of spirit that you expect in a 1982 wine. Dried herbs, leather, cigar box, with the cassis and raspberry notes now fully turned into bramble and hedgerow — similarly the colour has changed around the edges. (JA) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright medium ruby. Refined, floral aromas of black- and redcurrant, minerals and graphite; at once very ripe and subdued. Juicy, precise and penetrating; not hugely fleshy but stylish and elegant. Finishes with lovely grip and clarity. Nicely understated for the vintage. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2002)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A gorgeous wine, and still holding back. A beautiful, perfumed red, with cherry, floral aromas. Full-bodied, very velvety, with a lot of fruit and a lovely structure. Will improve. (JS) Inner quote mark (11/1998)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Restrained on the nose, then becoming more exotic. Ripeness and freshness embrace. Utterly smooth and still going strong. Surprisingly dense but also has charm and elegance. Wonderful. 18.5/20 points (JH) Inner quote mark (5/2009)

K&L Notes

95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy’s 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. After a misfiring bottle last year, this bottle of Didier Cuvelier’s Saint Julien hits the ball out of the park. It has a scintillating mineral-rich bouquet with blackberry, fresh raspberry and leather. It is opulent yet brilliant controlled. The palate is lively with crisp tannins, plenty of lively black fruit with subtle ferrous notes with a hint of chestnut. There is a solidity to this Leoville Poyferre: very structured but married with the exuberance and joie-de-vivre typical of this estate. Tasted again three weeks in Basel with consistent notes, this continues to be one of the Left Bank’s finest contributions to the vintage and possibly, somewhat overlooked. Tasted November 2012." (1/2013)


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