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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 366 
ProducerChâteau Léoville Poyferré (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)3760181350314, 3760181351205

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2016 and 2031 (based on 16 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Poyferre on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.5 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 37 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by prasm on 3/19/2016 & rated 91 points: Off the wine list at Heritage in Omaha, decanted immediately and consumed over 2 hours. Nose: Medium plus expressiveness, black and blue fruit - black berry and blueberry, Asian spice, tobacco, and leather. Palate: Medium-full bodied, spicy blue and red fruit attack - blueberry and raspberry, good acidic balance through the mid-palate, tobacco and earthy notes balance the the up front fruit and spice. Finish: Youthfulness shows on the back-end through the finish as gripping tannins dominate which shorten the finish noticeably. Given time, 5+ years, this should be drinking marvelously, though it is quite enjoyable now. (789 views)
 Tasted by Dryckesupplevelser on 2/27/2016 & rated 95 points: Fantastisk stor doft av mörka bär, grön paprika, choklad, kokos, kaffe och tobak. Kraftfulla tanniner med viss silkighet, svarta vinbär, choklad, kaffe och grön paprika. Lång lång eftersmak. Fantastiskt bra årgången till trots. (854 views)
 Tasted by RajivAyyangar on 1/20/2016 flawed bottle: Institute of Masters of Wine - 2011 Bdx Tasting (Hyatt, San Francisco): There's something off here. Weedy. Wet cardboard... Corked! (1484 views)
 Tasted by RajivAyyangar on 1/20/2016 & rated 88 points: Institute of Masters of Wine - 2011 Bdx Tasting (Hyatt, San Francisco): (a Rolland wine)
Spicy gingerbread. Ripe and savory. (1606 views)
 Tasted by yukoner on 11/15/2015 & rated 95 points: Decanted for 3 hours. Outshone the 2009 & 2010 Poyferre....only subtle differences though. (1958 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 11/3/2015 & rated 87 points: The Institute of Masters of Wine Annual Bordeaux Tasting - 2011 Vintage (Vintners Hall, London): Touch thin on the fruit side and aggressive on the tannin. A few off-putting notes on the nose at times too, not one we spent long time around. (87) (2028 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 10/21/2015 & rated 91 points: Blind tasting of 2011 and 2012 red Bordeaux. On the nose floral, lifted with ripe fruit and some oak influence - quite open and really pretty. On the palate maybe a little simple, but it is well structured, showing good fruit, acidity and grip. Fine length. One of the better 2011s at this tasting. 90-91+ (1727 views)
 Tasted by Timbalimba on 10/11/2015 & rated 90 points: Very powerful, primary Cab fruit aromas, still unresolved on the palate, doesn't show very well at the moment. Keep. 90+ (1389 views)
 Tasted by Omar Khayyam on 9/6/2015: Bordeaux 2014 en primeur with Winefinder (Munchenbryggeriet, Stockholm): Tight nose, very structured wine, good freshness, some oak bitterness detracts at this stage, for the cellar. recommended. (2034 views)
 Tasted by Ramberg on 9/3/2015 & rated 92 points: En Primeur Bdx. 2014 tasting event, reference wine from producer from older vintage, tasting pour, short note.
Another great Saint – Julien on display tonight.
Fine nose, dry and dusty red berries, fine mixed green and spicy herbs, excellent wood with mainly cedar notes, and black currants.
Palate shows a wine in the making, in a “middle phase” right now, sour red berries, with sweeter cassis, good structure, high acidity and tremendous length.
Has everything to become a very fine Bordeaux 8 - 10 years from now, when first maturity starts to show, and judging from this sample, will stay on top for another at least 10 years, probably longer.
(91 – 93+) (965 views)
 Tasted by broadband013 on 4/24/2015 & rated 91 points: Dégustation Bordeaux Primeurs 2014 Gazzar - Lausanne Palace 23.04.2014 (2024 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 2/2/2015 & rated 92 points: Very dark in colour, almost purple, glossy. Nose is at first dominated by oak, lots of vanilla, some dark fruit and spices. Very tight on the palate, powerful but ripe tannins, some good fruit underneath, good structure and very decent length. 91-92+ (2541 views)
 Tasted by ramblindrunkard on 1/28/2015 & rated 91 points: Deep ruby colour not totally opaque though. Oak Wood dominates nose, very Poyferre in that respect. Redcurrant and blackcurrant on palate. Very fresh, crunch fruit. Powdery tannins. Structured but lacking a little in fruit, not sure if there's enough to support structure. Not long. (2185 views)
 Tasted by Sourdough on 10/16/2014 & rated 91 points: Opened less than an hour before tasting. Very dark purple. Lovely, complex nose. Wonderful fruit and tannic balance. IMO overly oaky. Quite young and at least two years from ready to drink. Should be quite pleasant when comes around. (3212 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 9/16/2014 & rated 90 points: Light nose of leather and black fruit... sappy red fruit, light tannins, a bit too much acidity in the finish (3148 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 7/5/2014 & rated 93 points: Tasted at a 2011 merchant event. Dark purple. Complex nose of dark fruit, vanilla, wood and cigar box. On the palate the first wine of this tasting with a well defined mid palate and a tightly woven fruit corset. Good balance of tannins and acidity too. This for sure needs at least another 5 years to be drinkable.
Confirms my verdict that 2011 is really a bad vintage. While I don't mind lighter vintages (e.g., 2007) they should then at least be soft and early drinking to have an inherent value proposition. 2011 is neither. (3426 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 5/17/2014 & rated 94 points: Pretty stunning nose for a 2011, very expressive, sweet, deep, herbal, not too much oak. Mouth-coating tannins, very young of course, but big and broad on the palate with a superb structure underneath. Great length. This will be brilliant. 93-94+ (2967 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/8/2014 & rated 94 points: UCGB tasting Bordeaux 2011 (Amsterdam): Extremely luxurious bouquet with cedar, smoke, cassis, lead pencil and exclusive oak. Same exclusive experience on the palate, beautiful juicy dark fruits, good acidity, round tannin, finesse and a great concentration. This is by far the best 2011 I tasted up to now. Modern made and already a great beauty. Definitely a great future as well. If you own a case it might be nice to taste a bottle in this stage. Don’t know if this wine will close down. Around 2025 it will definitely be a feast. 94! for now. (2451 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 2/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Leoville Poyferre is on fire. Producing a wine this good in 2011 is really saying something. The complex nose of truffle, smoke, black cherry nd earth lets you know the wine is good. If that did not seal the deal, the fresh, sweet, soft fruits and peppy finish is going to do the trick. This is a very good wine which will only get better with 3-5 years of bottle age. (2838 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 1/31/2014 & rated 91 points: Opened by John in NYC at the Peking Duck House offline. This was abit of an outlier at the offline which focused more on Pinot. A heavily extracted wine with harsh tannins. So young. I did a double take at the label to make sure it was the 2011 on the table. Notes of toasted oak, cassis and tar. Full bodied. nowhere near ready to drink. When it is, I suspect this will fall in the 91-92 range. (2336 views)
 Tasted by yofog on 1/28/2014: No, thanks. Really over-extracted fruit, tons of toasty oak, heavy tannins, even comes across a little hot and pruney. Sort of appealing on the nose but after that, forget it. (1964 views)
 Tasted by thi nguyen on 1/27/2014 & rated 90 points: Nice nose . Heave tanning (1794 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 1/26/2014 & rated 89 points: 2011 Union des Grands Crus Tasting (Bentley Reserve, San Francisco CA): Very dark and dense red color. Excellent, yet modest nose (B++). Soft palate. Still young. (B+/B++). Needs time. (1943 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 1/25/2014 & rated 85 points: 2011 UGC Bordeaux Tasting (Bentley Reserve, San Francisco CA): A bit of reticent red fruits; palate is thin and acidic, very tannic. May turn out to be something good, but I can't tell. 85 (1657 views)
 Tasted by Lipsman on 1/25/2014 & rated 93 points: Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2011 Vintage Tasting (Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles): This really showed well at the tasting. Young and solid purple in color with an aroma of saturated flavors showing lovely fruit, deep plums, dark fruits, and vanilla. The wine drank clean and smooth and was very long on the palate. This will be one of the wines of the vintage. (1585 views)
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View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2012, Issue #38, The 2011 Bordeaux Vintage Unprecedented Conditions Lead to Very Mixed Quality, But With Some Truly Outstanding Gems to Be Found
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By Chris Kissack
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(Château Léoville-Poyferré (St Julien)) The blend this year is Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 30% with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot 6% each. Aromatically this wine feels more open and expressive than the Barton, but exotic too, with very perfumed fruit. What follows on the palate is very impressive, with great richness, huge density, very creamy and polished, and certainly substantial. But gosh, the tannins here are absolutely massive, charcoaly, dense and the extraction here hasn't been reined in one bit, If anything, it has been pushed to the absolute limit. This gives the wine much more weight than Léoville-Barton. In all honesty the tannins have a dark and chewy style which feels just too worked. A striking character here, very impressive but not very harmonious. This will need decades in the cellar, and will give years of difficult drinking along the way. It is a remarkable wine, but will the fruit outlive the tannin? I certainly have my doubts.  15.5-16. points
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Château Léoville Poyferré

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Red Bordeaux Blend

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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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