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 Vintage1997 Label 1 of 296 
ProducerChâteau Léoville Poyferré (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2004 and 2010 (based on 15 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Poyferre on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.5 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 38 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Kriz on 12/8/2014 & rated 89 points: Great Bordeaux nose with blackberry, blueberry and some herbs. Subtle palate; not that thick but with good balance and acidity. Good effort for the vintage. (1635 views)
 Tasted by pomelo on 2/2/2014 & rated 91 points: Robe rubis foncé qui montre à peine des signes de vieillissement. Premier nez de cuir. Les fruits noirs se développent avec le temps et on y ajoute le tabac et finalement la cerise. En bouche le vin offre encore un fruit respectable même si celui-ci est clairement en déclin. Les fruits noirs, l'anis, et la cerise se fondent dans un caractère terreux. Les tannins sont fins et l'ensemble est relativement harmonieux. Après une heure, on commence à y déceler une toute petite touche de poivron. La finale est de moyenne à longue. Un St-Julien qui vieillit en finesse à défaut d'avoir la structure pour tenir le coup plus d'une quinzaine d'années. (2500 views)
 Tasted by dpolivy on 1/6/2014 & rated 91 points: DRC Tasting Group: Bordeaux Night (Wild Ginger, Seattle, WA): Tasted blind. Subtle nose with notes of methol, rose petal, and spice. Big and extracted, the full body is quite elegant and earthy. Finishes with medium+ length and fine tannins. (2727 views)
 Tasted by Rich.Herbs on 12/26/2012: I was prepared for disappointment but I enjoyed this wine with a simple, slow dinner. A bit flat and musty with a bell pepper theme at first, it opened up to include some sour fruit notes, a structure of some sort and a satisfying earthy finish. I don't see how it could get better, and I don.t know if it was ever that good, but I'd enjoy it now for what it's worth. (3828 views)
 Tasted by mariow on 11/4/2012 & rated 88 points: intense red; good nose; rather green and tannic on the palate, little fruit; drink now; decanted one hour before serving (4229 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 5/31/2011 & rated 87 points: This is a solid, proper bottle of claret. Classic, classy, tobacco, and dust on the nose. Tannic and somewhat dry on the palate. I think the fruit has clearly lost the battle, yet this has considerable freshness and purity, a classic expression of Cabernet. Mineral, cherry, rocks, and fading notes of blood. This has none of the weight of a great vintage of Poyferré, but it is solid, clean, proper. Quite enjoyable. (5328 views)
 Tasted by Paulsc on 3/14/2011 & rated 88 points: Cork in good condition, no leakage or off-smells. Quite a dark colour and a little murky in the glass. Nose is cedar, dark fruits, leather, quite a strong impression of farmyard. Taste is complex, leathery, sweaty, aniseed, spicy fruit compote, tannins have almost gone now, it is very smooth to taste. Actually it is delightful to sip it and reveal the different flavours. The only negative point would be it is slightly short. Nice surprise for me as I thought it might have faded by now, but it was still alive although I wouldn't leave it much longer, this was my last one. (3794 views)
 Tasted by bacchusnyon on 6/26/2010 & rated 89 points: Opened three hours in advance, decanted just before serving. Wise move. first glass still had some of the animal/leather and tar, very nice, and tannins had faded. Second was ripe fruit, cassis, and a long finish, slightly bitter at the end. By the third glass it was all over. It will keep for a couple more years if well cellared, but heading to the finish line. (4160 views)
 Tasted by cybergod on 5/1/2010 & rated 87 points: Very good. Very delicious, if just a tad bit herbally/cedary. Very much reflective of the vintage. Quite complex though. Last tasted early 2002. (3177 views)
 Tasted by mariow on 3/13/2010 & rated 90 points: intense red; fruity nose; initially somewhat dominant acids but balances very well over time; should keep well for some more years (3531 views)
 Tasted by thwacker on 3/9/2010 & rated 91 points: Quite surprising. Dark purple, elegant perfume on the nose of cassis, anise, mint, full flavor on the palate, smooth, silky tannins, balance and freshness. Not over the hill by any means. Still years left. (3262 views)
 Tasted by darrenhe on 5/16/2009 & rated 87 points: I realise that 1997 was a so-called bad year in Bordeaux but the ones I have tasted are drinking really well. This is no exception. My first Poyferre which leaves me looking forward to my 2001's and 2004's. This is a lovely evolved brick-red St Julien which after 1 hour decant was showing a typical Bordeaux nose of cedar, cigar-box and soft red-fruits which are just starting to dry. There is also hedge-row and earth in the mix. On the palate this is developed and mildly sweet with a lovely blackcurrant and rose-hip flavour with a slighlty herbal character. The only slight critisism is that it is a little light on the mid-palate (a feature of the vintage) but this ony detracts a little from the enjoyment. Wish I had some good steak or lamb cutlets to try this with as it would be a great food wine. Got this from Berry Bros. for under £30 and will be checking if they have some more!!.....anyway, more than half a bottle left to savour!!! (3592 views)
 Tasted by Paul D on 7/20/2008 & rated 88 points: Medium/deep ruby, medium garnet rim. Medium intense spicy red-toned fruit, slight underlying creaminess and also some stalky notes. Overall an attractive if not particularly deep nose. Similar flavours on the palate, moderate tanins, fresh acidity, a little on the lean side but none the worse for it, some nice pure red fruit and vestiges of tannin on the good length finish. The best bottle so far, and unfortunately my last, a decent, drinakble, fresh 97 - now til at least 2011/12. (3628 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 4/4/2008 & rated 87 points: Mmm, for a weak vintage of Poyferre this delivers quite nicely. Beautiful notes of tobacco followed by firm Cabernet personality, some olive, lean black cherry and then finishing out with mineral. Not at all rich like the 1982, 1990, 1996 or 2000 but just wonderfully drinkable right now. (4642 views)
 Tasted by espia on 2/8/2008: Good bargain on nice, but undistinguished bdx. (3668 views)
 Tasted by jfield on 2/2/2008 & rated 85 points: Maybe a little pass its prime flat.... (3938 views)
 Tasted by rmodak on 1/11/2008 & rated 91 points: This screamed cassis and black olive. As it opened, there was a smoked meat note, wet tobacco, graphite and a hint of green pepper that added complexity. On the palate, this was a softer wine with tannins fully resolved. Blind, many felt there was a high merlot component due to the softness, but this may be a product of the vintage. Very good example of what a good maker can do in a less than ideal vintage. Drink now as this is at peak. (4069 views)
 Tasted by DavidKehler on 11/15/2007: I liked this quite a bit, and ithad more substance than many of the 1997 Bordeaux reds that I've had this year. This is absolutely ready to drink. (4211 views)
 Tasted by slaughterer on 1/13/2007 & rated 93 points: Not expecting much, and under the impression that good cooks need to be rewarded along the way, I served it to my wife and I while we were preparing Christmas eve dinner in the kitchen in the afternoon, her sipping away while cracking walnuts for a stuffing, and me taking "poyferre breaks" at different stages of preparation of a goose and a gratin. You probably know the end of the story: By the time the dinner was finished, no more poyferre. The dinner wine that followed (better year, better rating) was a disappointment by comparison--the cook's had drunk away the best beforehand. Given that 1997 was definitely and off-year for Bordeaux, I was rather surprised at how good this bottle was, and how far it had evolved. The color was thick purple-lilac with a ruby shimmer, and had a very strong nose of red currant, black cherrries, cassis, and black berries. On the palate, alot of melted licorice and truffels, but not as much thickness and concentration as other years; the tannins are nevertheless hewy, and the end has alot of power, with a somewhat bitter last note. A classic, and one of the best 1997s I have tasted., although the 1998 should be better. Drink now. Decanted for 6 hours beforehand. Large sediment particles in the bottle. (4622 views)
 Tasted by Paul D on 9/23/2006 & rated 86 points: No formal note. Slightly funky nose with undergrowth, spice and some underlying red berry fruit. Mature tannins on palate, red berry, sous-bois and slight stalkiness (?) on medium intense palate, with a reasonable length finish. Drink now and over next couple of years. (4697 views)
 Tasted by mplympton on 8/13/2006: No notes, too drunk to remember. (4605 views)
 Tasted by Paul D on 4/23/2006 & rated 86 points: Medium/deep ruby core, medium pale garnet rim. Very mature nose with fairly intense aromas of smoky, leafy undergrowth with game and spice notes and, just discernible, some underlying red berry fruit. A medium bodied wine with medium, dense knit tannins and medium + acidity. The palate is certainly well developed too, although there is more red berry (strawberry if anything) fruit than on the nose as well as leafy undergrowth and some pencil lead notes. It's all capped off by a decent length savoury finish with some drying tannins.

Overall an enjoyable, mature claret for drinking now and over the next year or two. (4942 views)
 Tasted by Paul D on 2/24/2006 & rated 87 points: Medium/deep ruby core, medium pale garnet/brick red rim.
Medium + intensity, well developed nose of cedar, pencil lead and spice with underlying strawberry and bilberry fruit.
On the palate this has medium, fully resolved tannins and medium/medium + acidity. There is reasonable, but not exceptional depth on the mid-palate, with mellow cedar, spice and strawberry flavours, and savoury notes emerging on a decent length finish with nice, fresh acidity. This is good, classic claret, drinking very well now. Unlikely to improve, one for drinking up over the next couple of years. 87-88 (5101 views)
 Tasted by Bellaire Wino on 1/15/2005 & rated 88 points: This is the label that first got me interested in bordeaux's a few years ago. This one was a bit off with some definite mineral taste, but still good. Opened for Annika's 3rd b-day party. (5554 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 10/20/2004 & rated 88 points: Served with seared Ahi, watercress, balsamic-caramelized red onions and white rice.

This is clearly Poyferré. The nose is a little bit horsey, but it also shows gravel, charcoal and red fruit. The palate is juicy and a bit tart with bright, red fruit, loads of minerality and a leathery texture. Mmm, I just love the gravel here, and it is so reminiscent of the 1999 and 2000 Poyferre. The finish is sweet with slightly chalky, drying tannins, plenty of grip left to resolve, perhaps a bit more than the available fruit. By comparison to the aforementioned vintages, this is a bit thin with a hint of astringency, but at less than $30 a bottle this is a steal and a great wine for a weeknight. Yum! I'm very glad to have two more. (5382 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/19/2009)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90
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Vinous, May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84
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Vinous, May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78
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Château Léoville Poyferré

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Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

St. Julien

Read more detailed information on St. Julien and its wines The seventeenth century pioneers Traces are to be found of a Saint-Julien de Rintrac, perhaps Saint-Julien's earliest name, as from the thirteenth century. But we have to wait until the seventeenth century pioneers, urban and rural aristocrats, discover the exceptional merits of these terroirs.
Traces of this system still exist today in the structure of estates within the appellation: by the side of the two villages of Beychevelle and Saint-Julien, the large estates are heavily preponderant, representing more than four fifths of the total surface of vineyards.

The terrain is practically identical over all the commune. Only the proximity of the estuary, sometimes close, sometimes further away, can cause slight variations in climate. In fact, Saint-Julien-Beychevelle's layer of gravel takes the form of a huge rectangle over 3 miles long and 2 miles wide. And the alluvial deposits are particularly well fragmented into ridges of Garonne gravel of the early Quaternary. Accordingly, the vines are safeguarded from stagnant water.

The wines from the Saint-Julien appellation may be recognized by their unparalleled bouquet, particularly harmonious and mild. They have a fine deep colour and combine the finesse of their aromas and a solid constitution. They have body, are very rich in flavour and have a delicious and delicate bouquet.

Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)
In order to have the right to the Saint-Julien appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:

- come from the commune of Saint-Julien and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cussac, and Saint-Laurent, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions: grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

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