2000 - 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
2015 - 2032
Case size
12x75cl

2000 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
2015 - 2032
Case size
12x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, June 2010,
    Score: 97

    The plushest, most ostentatious and dramatic of all the Leovilles in 2000, this wine is already sumptuous, displaying some nuances in its huge nose of vanilla bean, black chocolate, jammy black cherries, cassis, and graphite in a flamboyant style. Opulent, savory, rich, and full-bodied, it is a head-turning, prodigious wine and a complete contrast to the extracted behemoth of Leoville Barton and the backward, classic Leoville Las Cases. The Poyferre's low acidity, sweet tannin andan already gorgeous mouthfeel make it a wine to drink now as well as over the next 25 or more years.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2003,
    Score: 95

    Wow, this wine has really come on strong. A brilliant effort, it boasts an opaque purple color in addition to a gorgeously sweet nose (make that explosive nose) of blackberries and creme de cassis intermixed with minerals, smoke, and earth. The 2000 is opulent, full-bodied, and much more accessible than either of its two Leoville siblings, Leoville Las Cases or Leoville Barton, with low acidity, sweet tannin, and a layered, sumptuous finish. It continues to improve dramatically and looks to be a great success, rivaling the brilliant 1996 and 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2001,
    Score: 17

    Very respectable and certainly much better value than Las Cases. A certain element of fireworks on the nose and good satiny texture. Not the most concentrated Médoc but fine and elegant. For the long term.

  • CC

    Clive Coates, June 2001

    70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. 50% in grand vin. 7% vin de presse added so far. Very good colour. Lots of quality on the nose but a bit shy at present. Medium-full body. The tannins are very well covered. The wine shows its Cabernet but not as much as the otherLéovilles. It is lusher, more exotic and more succulent. Very good grip. But very good indeed rather than fine. It lacks the intensity at the end. From 2008/2009.

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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.