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 Vintage1961 Label 1 of 137 
ProducerChâteau Léoville Poyferré (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1990 and 2005 (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 91.2 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 10 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by johnh1001 on 12/14/2013 & rated 95 points: Very expressive nose of earth, leather, black fruit and a hint of iodine. Over 3 hours this gained a wonderful sweetness of red fruit intermixed with mature Bordeaux flavors of tobacco and graphite. Long finish. (1528 views)
 Tasted by Captain Haddock on 6/14/2011 & rated 89 points: Berry Bros & Rudd bottling. Level into neck. Lovely nose once I got past the volatile acidity, a little leatheriness giving the impression that there might be some Rhone grapes in this. Slightly astringent on the palate, but very lively for its age. Faded quite fast. (3100 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 2/10/2008 & rated 93 points: nose: a really nice amount going on right now and this has held up very well. Filled with notes of tobbacco, black currant, pencil shavings, sour cranberry, and leather. Amazing how deep the nose is and really classic bordeaux

taste: very nice feel on the palate with tobbacco, leather, pencil shavings, and some black currant. If only the flavors were as deep as the nose

overall: this one is still kicking big time. So elegant and wonderful weight on the palate it's obvious that this wine was kept very well as it is very complex. the finish dies a bit fast, but it's very enjoyable to have a wine this old that is in this condition (3846 views)
 Tasted by 60ouvrees on 7/5/2007: From a bottle obviously well stored. Cork was soaked almost all the way through and came out without a struggle. Delicious bottle of old school St. Julien that got better and better the more air it got. By no means a great wine but still a pleasure to drink. (3948 views)
 Tasted by andrewstevenson.com on 6/1/2007 & rated 95 points: A mature, browning red. There is some deep, sweetish hedgerow fruit on the nose along with some big cassis notes. It ha a nice round palate with a certain meaty fleshiness and some rather direct fruit. It is just about showing its age, but it’s by no means to its detriment. Enormous length. Excellent. (3818 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/10/2007 & rated 91 points: Dinner at Acquarello with Wilf and Garen. This wine had major CO2 issues to start out with and I mistakenly thought it was flawed. Wilf cautioned me to give the wine a few shakes in the glass and let it sit for a few minutes. That did the trick. Very elegant with lots of blackberry notes. Still a youthful 61. (3637 views)
 Tasted by wsttrade on 2/10/2006 & rated 91 points: bit smokey after taste, but good. Went well with a steak though (2722 views)
 Tasted by JeffJo on 5/21/2004 & rated 87 points: Fill level was into the neck and the cork in suprisingly good shape. Wine is out of it's prime, very nice mature Bordeaux nose, consisting mainly of spicebox, shoe leather and tobacco. No fruit left and a moderate finish. Good structure still and enjoyable with food. Imagine the '70 Pichon Lalande minus any fruit attributes. (3739 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, June 2007
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A moderately deep colour here, a little murky perhaps, but an attractive appearance all the same. A sweet, meaty, roasted nose, with a glorious perfumed character. It has a mineral freshness, edged with a little toffee and cloves. Finely textured on the palate, sweet and rounded, quite complete, a touch fleshy and grippy, this is really admirable. A little freshness too. Very good indeed.  17 points
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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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