Château Léoville Poyferré 2019
2019 A temperate vintage, sunny side up.
Tranquil, 2019 was able to elude the risk of spring mildew. Although bud break was relatively early, and flowering occurred under cool, damp conditions, the arrival of summer heat favored a promising vintage. Is 2019 “solar”? This summery vintage is indeed one where climate played a dominant part of the terroir.
Endowed with charm and beautifully balanced ripeness, will this be another outstanding Bordeaux vintage ending in 9 ?
The Wine Doctor – Chris Kissack : 97
“Tasted alongside the 2018 vintage, many 2019s are identifiable by their slightly less dense concentration in the glass, although that does not seem to be the case here! It is as good as opaque in the glass, and the nose is loaded with a correspondingly intense array of sweet fruits, all cranberry and blackcurrant, dusted with crushed chalk and vanilla flower. The palate is unsurprisingly brooding at this early stage, with a dense and medium-bodied presence through the middle, the fruit here wrapped up in warm but ripe and tightly compacted tannins. Smartly integrated, this has an impressively long and opulent finish. A more traditional grip and a perhaps also a little more balance than the 2018 vintage. Great potential though. The declared alcohol is 13%.”
The Wine Advocate – Lisa Perotti-Brown : 95+
“Casting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2019 Léoville Poyferré charges out of the gate with alluring notes of chocolate-covered cherries, blueberry pie, dried mulberries and blackcurrant cordial plus suggestions of camphor, espresso, spice cake and oolong tea. The medium to full-bodied palate reveals bags of freshness and a suitably approachable texture, supporting the decadent blackberry preserves and exotic spice layers, finishing on a stewed tea note. An already incredibly impressive wine, I imagine by the end of barrel aging the tannins will be fully brought into line here and the fruit will emerge singing of even more nuances.”
67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
Terraces of Mindel gravel, sandy-clay subsoil
20th September to 11th October