Château Léoville Poyferré 2008
The prodigious classical latecomer
Three essential elements enabled us to wait until the beginning of October for optimal ripeness : Man’s hard work, the Saint-Julien “terroir” and the welcome September sun.
Our tasting notes – 2022
The 2008 vintage of Château Léoville Poyferré is bright and limpid and displays a deep garnet color with vermeil highlights.
Enticing aromas of tobacco, musk, and cedar are in the forefront, accompanied by subtle notes of black fruits in eau de vie.
This wine evolves beautifully from the attack to the mid-palate, showcasing polished tannins. Flavors of coffee, smoke, and kirsch linger on the palate for an elegant, harmonious finish.
The Wine Doctor – Chris Kissack : 95
“The nose here is fabulously aromatic and bright, the very taut black cherry and blackcurrant fruit that leaps from the glass swirled with matchsticky freshness. It is impressively dark and dense, yet savoury. The texture on the palate is impressive, the flavour profile incredibly dark, brooding and yet also perfumed, with black plum substance. A hugely impressive composition here, and the tannins seem in keeping with the palate, hugely velvety and rich, but not out of synchrony with the rest of the wine. A dark, matchsticky finish rounds it off, save for a fading finish of admittedly rather dry tannins, which will need another five-or-more years to resolve, and some lingering savoury black fruits.”
The Wine Advocate – Robert Parker : 92-94
“One of the finest over-achieving efforts in this vintage as well as a “best buy” for a top-flight St.-Julien, this 2008 is an irresistible success. It reveals an opaque ruby/purple color, lots of unctuosity and a boatload of sweet cassis and black cherry fruit intertwined with notions of licorice, smoke and oak. Full-bodied, remarkably concentrated and stunningly pure and textured, this sensational wine is already drinking well, and will be even better with 2-3 years of cellaring. It should last for 20-25 years. Bravo!”
JamesSuckling.com – James Suckling : 93
“I am impressed with the fruit and velvety tannins. Full and deliciously fruity with soft tannins and rich fruit. Blueberry. Open and gorgeous. Impressive for the vintage.”
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Terraces of Mindel gravel, sandy-clay subsoil
6th to 18th October