Château Léoville Poyferré 2005
2005 “The Apotheosis”
Very dry weather, without heat waves, hailed this “sunny” yet classic vintage.
The fruit picked at incomparable ripeness allowed the making of a very fine wine that encourages the use of superlatives.
The Wine Advocate – Robert Parker 92 – 95
While perhaps not up to the standards of the extraordinary 2003, the 2005 is still a strong effort from an estate that has been doing everything over the last two decades. Sweet toasty oak intermixed with jammy black currant, plum, and licorice aromas jumps from the glass of this dense purple-hued wine. In the mouth, there is great fruit, tannin, body, structure, and delineation. This impressively endowed, well-made St-Julien will require considerable patience (as will most 2005 Northern Medoc). Anticipated maturity 2015-2030.
James Suckling – 94
Lots of sexy, exotic aromas to this wine in addition to flamboyant floral undertones. It’s full-bodied with a cold tannic texture and flavor that gives the wine a very graphite-like undertone.
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot
Terraces of Mindel gravel, sandy-clay subsoil
26th Septembre to 8th October