2003 - 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
2010 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
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2003 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
2010 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
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Case price £1,652.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDHA

    Goedhuis, April 2004

    A lovely wine from the Cuvelier family this year. With a fraction more Cabernet Sauvignon than usual ( 70%), it is as classy a Leoville Poyferre as we can remember. With masses of black fruit, a sweetness from the oak and ripe tannins, it will be very fine indeed

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, August 2014,
    Score: 96

    The spectacular 2003 Leoville Poyferre exhibits a dense purple color with a touch of lightening at the edge as well as notes of creosote, barbecue smoke, jammy black currants, licorice and spice box. This intense, voluptuously textured, full-bodied St.-Julien possesses low acidity and ripe tannin. Still fresh and exuberant, it is just entering its plateau of full maturity where it should remain for 10-15+ years.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 93

    The solidly made 2003 Leoville Las-Cases (13.2% alcohol) is a blend of 70.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17.2% Merlot, and 12.6% Cabernet Franc. In this incredibly hot vintage, the alcohol is slightly lower than achieved in 2002, a cool-climate year. While not a profound example of Las-Cases, the 2003 is muscular, deep, and full-bodied with an impressive ruby/purple color, a tight but juicy bouquet of vanilla, black cherries, crushed rocks, and flowers, a sweet attack, and moderately high tannin. Backward and fresh, displaying impeccable delineation and purity, it can be enjoyed between 2012-2023.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2005,
    Score: 94-96

    One of the vintage's superstars and a candidate for the finest St.-Julien of the vintage, the 2003Leoville Poyferre rivals the 2000, 1996, and 1990 as one of the best Poyferres ever made (although the 1982 seems to be gaining in stature every time I go back to it). With a dense purple color to the rim, an extraordinary nose of pure cassis and raspberries, enormous body, great richness, high tannin, and low acidity in a voluptuous, almost opulent style, this will be a sensational wine that should hit its accessibility point in about 3-5 years and then evolve slowly for 25+. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2025.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2004,
    Score: 89-91

    Balanced and fruity, with lovely cherry, currant and spice character. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicate finish. Very pleasing. Slightly hollow midpalate. -- J.S.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2004

    Huge colour, floral, fragrant nose, very compact, extracted modern style, good smoky fruit and concentration. Drink: 2010-2025.

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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.