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 ?
Vinous – Neal Martin 96-98
The 2019 Léoville-Poyferré has a typically seductive bouquet with layers of ripe black fruit laced with tobacco, sous-bois, touches of marmalade and dried orange peel. Give it another hour and more blue fruit begins to emerge. The palate is medium-bodied with lavish, luxuriant black fruit and a creamy texture that is instantly seductive. It is a more opulent Saint-Julien than the Barton with a satin-like texture on the finish. If you love the style of Léoville-Poyferré then you will adore this.
The Wine Cellar Insider -Jeff Leve 97
Deep and dark in color, the wine exudes flowers, tobacco, smoke, licorice and dark red fruit aromas. Full-bodied, lushly textured, round and fresh, the fruit has this beautiful, opulent, sensuous character. This is a good thing as it allows the cashmere tannins and layers of sweet, ripe, almost decadent berries to come alive, expand and really hang in there. If you are a fan of Leoville Poyferre, this needs to be in your cellar.
The Wine Advocate – Lisa Perrotti-Brown 93-95+
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.
Jeb Dunnuck 97
It’s a classic wine from this address, with a dense purple color as well as a blockbuster nose of blackberries, cassis, chocolate, toasted spices, graphite, and tobacco. This flamboyant, full-bodied, opulent wine has a massive, sexy texture, sweet tannins, and a finish that won’t quit. It’s better than the 2000, 2003, 2005, 2015, and 2016 and reminds me of the 2009 with its oversized yet balanced, beautiful profile.
Planted Grape Varieties
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot
Terraces of Mindel gravel, sandy-clay subsoil
20th September to 11th October