The 2009 Léoville-Poyferré is very well defined on the nose with blackberry, leather, Cuban cigar and hints of savory fruit on the nose – quite complex and cerebral. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, a superb beat of acidity, gentle grip but with ample density and judicious spiciness towards the finish. Maybe in the context of the vintage and style of Poyferré, a little more conservative in style that you might expect, but patently extremely well crafted and thoroughly delicious. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2045
Robert Parker 100
One of the more flamboyant and sumptuous wines of the vintage, this inky/purple-colored St.-Julien reveals thrilling levels of opulence, richness and aromatic pleasures. A soaring bouquet of creme de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers is followed by a super-concentrated wine with silky tannins, stunning amounts of glycerin, a voluptuous, multilayered mouthfeel and nearly 14% natural alcohol. Displaying fabulous definition for such a big, plump, massive, concentrated effort, I suspect the tannin levels are high even though they are largely concealed by lavish amounts of fruit, glycerin and extract. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040