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 Vintage1978 Label 1 of 138 
ProducerChâteau Léoville Poyferré (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1984 and 2002 (based on 3 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Poyferre on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 85.5 pts. and median of 86 pts. in 13 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ilee on 1/24/2015 & rated 91 points: Sat night dinner at home with JL, VK, PH and Cath (At home): I was pleasantly surprised by this wine. Popped and poured, it was fresh and fruity, with only faint traces of old wine barnyard that one so often finds in mediocre 1970s bordeaux. Dried hay, forest floor notes continued to pop up alongside the blackberry fruit as we drank this down in the course of an hour. I don't know where PH got this bottle, but the label was pristine and the fill was well into the neck. The cork was also in remarkably good shape. I think we were lucky with this obviously pampered bottle. (624 views)
 Tasted by The Vinocrat on 12/25/2014 & rated 88 points: Magnum (672 views)
 Tasted by laralh on 12/14/2012 & rated 88 points: Overaskende bra i forhold til forventningen, selv om den er noe over toppen. Solbær og litt vegetal på nesen. Solbær, paprika og murstein på smak. Bra med syre og tanniner. Strammer seg opp etter litt tid i karaffelen. Frukten blir mer mer framtredene og noe av det vegetale forsvinner med lufting. Litt kort. Først 84-85 poeng, 88 med luft. God læring i denne flasken... (2595 views)
 Tasted by DaleW on 10/25/2012 flawed bottle: corked (2751 views)
 Tasted by salil on 10/23/2012 flawed bottle: Unfortunately corked. (3009 views)
 Tasted by DaleW on 7/17/2012: Fully mature, cedar/cigarbox over smooth black fruit, tannins resolved, pleasant if not overly complex. B (2951 views)
 Tasted by DaleW on 3/17/2012: A recent purchase, upon inspection I had noticed one depressed cork (and bottle was a bit lower fill that others, I'd say HS). Sure enough, cork was very very loose, when I started to use AhSo it started to slide in, I instead hooked with end of worm and pulled it out. But the wine was actually intact- a little ashtray with the cigarbox, but still some cassis fruit. Tannins are gone, acid remains, but not harsh. Tobacco, cedar, earth. Definitely not a powerful wine, but for my tastes a perfectly acceptable lighter styled claret (others might not like as much, I see that Parker gave it an 80 and a drinkup 30 years ago). If this is the bottle with iffy cork, I'm happy. I carried along to wine group where it held well for hours. B/B+ (2802 views)
 Tasted by superbarre on 1/14/2009 & rated 78 points: way over it's peak, previous one was better (1839 views)
 Tasted by SimonG on 4/8/2006: Really bright, clear, mid garnet colour. Fragrant nose, pure red fruits. Initial taste after decanting dominated by lovely sweet fruit. Light, elegant, really lovely. Approached again after 45mins in decanter: fruit still just as good, now gentle cedar and pencil shavings on the nose. Wonderfuly elegant in the mouth, acidity balanced by the light sweet fruit. Slender but lingering legs. Complete mature claret. Preferred this to recent 79 Palmers. Wish I'd bought more than a single bottle, but daren't go back in case it's a disappointment (this batch originally shipped from the chateau to Argentina, then re-exported back to the chateau (didn't find out why) before eventually ending up at a UK merchant where I bought it last month). Memorable. (2285 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 3/18/2004 & rated 86 points: Christie's Pre-Sale Tasting (Amsterdam): Estery like cherry beer but still alive. (1282 views)

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Château Léoville Poyferré

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Leoville Poyferre

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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