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 note
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 Advocate – Robert Parker 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! -renoted in 2011
www.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. – noted in 2013
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Terraces of Mindel gravel, sandy-clay subsoil
6th to 18th October