Château Léoville Poyferré 2012
A true vintage for pleasure
With wide ranges in temperature and rainfall, 2012 was a challenging year for the vineyard. After favorable conditions returned mid-July, this vintage, though off to an early start, proved to be late in reaching its optimum maturity beginning on 8th October.
Tasting after tasting, 2012 never ceases to amaze and charm us.
Our tasting notes – 2022
The Léoville Poyferré 2012 offers a sustained garnet color with vermeil highlights. Starting to show some signs of evolution, the color remains shiny and limpid.
Elegant and complex, it offers seductive notes of black fruit in eau de vie, leading into tertiary notes of musk and toast.
This wine is lively, the mid-palate is full-bodied revealing firm tannins that are starting to refine. Aromas of black cherry in eau de vie and lovely floral notes of peony are complemented by an almost chocolatey finish. The 2012 vintage is absolutely charming.
Vinous Media – Antonio Galloni : 94
“A dark, fleshy wine, the Léoville Poyferré 2012 is round, succulent and deeply expressive. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, graphite and lavender are fused together in an effortless, silky Saint-Julien built on texture. Striking and totally beautiful, the 2012 will be ready to deliver its charms early. All the elements are in the right place. This is a gorgeous showing from L_oville-Poyferr_. The 2012 is perhaps not an epic wine, but is gorgeous today and should provide considerable pleasure over the next 15-20 years.”
The Wine Cellar Insider – Jeff Leve : 93
“This is definitely at the start of its maturity curve, as it is such a pleasure to drink today. Medium-bodied, soft, supple, sweet and bright, the wine is on the classic side with chewy tannins, crisp red fruits, herbs and peppery spices in the finish.”
JamesSuckling.com – James Suckling : 94
“Really beautiful now with blackcurrant, licorice and red-berry aromas, following through to a full body with layers of fine tannins and a beautiful finish. Its really starting to drink nicely . Drink or hold.”
Wine Spectator – James Molesworth : 90-93
“Solid, with good flesh around the core of plum and blackberry fruit. Shows ample dark toast and ganache notes, displaying chewy yet integrated grip.”
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot
Terraces of Mindel gravel, sandy-clay subsoil
8th to 19th October