1990 - Ch Léoville Poyferré 2ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Poyferré
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2005 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
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1990 CH LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 2ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Poyferré
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2005 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £4,712.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, March 2016,
    Score: 17.5

    Dense dark mature opaque colour. A very intense nose, slightly medicinal, with hints of liquorice and baked fruits. There is no shortage of fruit in this big and richly concentrated wine, full of intensity, with tightly structured tannins. An eye-catching style, less on subtlety but very enjoyable.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, June 2009,
    Score: 97

    Absolutely spectacular, the1990 Leoville Poyferre is much more evolved than either of its two Leoville neighbors. Its opaque plum/garnet color is accompanied by a gorgeous bouquet of smoke, charcoal, creme de cassis, and flowers. Fleshy and opulent, it comes across like a St.-Julien with a Pomerol texture and allure. This beauty has reached full maturity where it should remain for another two decades.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, February 1997,
    Score: 96

    An absolute must purchase, and probably still a reasonable bargain, is Leoville-Poyferre's 1990. I rated this wine highly in pre-cask tastings, and followed that with an enthusiastic review. Since then I have had the wine three times, each time providing persuasive evidence that this is indeed a great Leoville-Poyferre. The two best Poyferres of recent decades have been the 1982 and 1983, but I am beginning to think the 1990 is superior. The wine exhibits a profoundly deep, opaque ruby/purple color, a fabulous nose of jammy, sweet, cassis fruit intertwined with scents of minerals and toasty oak. Still youthful and full-bodied, with low acidity, high tannin, and fabulous extract and purity, this is an awesomely-endowed Leoville-Poyferre that is just beginning to evolve. It requires another decade of cellaring, and it should last 30+ years. Admittedly, I gave it top marks early on, but it is even a greater wine than I had envisioned. To the extent that stocks still exist (I saw prices in the $350-$425 a case range in December, 1996), this is a must purchase.

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Producer

Château Léoville Poyferré

Similar to Pichon Longueville, the three Léovilles (Las Cases, Barton and Poyferré) were originallypart of the same estate - in fact, the largest in Bordeaux at the time of the revolution. In the early 1800s, the estate was divided into three distinct properties. Though it bears the same forename of its famous siblings, Poyferré is least known. Fortunately, this is changing. Through modernisation, exceptional vineyard management and meticulous winemaking, it is emerging as a star in its own right. Leoville Poyferre also produces the excellent Ch Moulin Riche.

Region

St Julien

St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.