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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 137 
ProducerChâteau Léoville Poyferré (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)015643241673, 087000333000

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2028 (based on 128 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Poyferre on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.8 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 313 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by walkerjfw on 7/16/2015 & rated 94 points: At Il Mondo Vecchio in Madison with Bob M, celebrating his retirement. Bob brought this one, drank after/next to an 85 Ch Margaux. Paired with a lamb osso buocco - perfect combination for these wines. Splash decanted for 30 minutes.

Color was a dark maroon, no signs of age. Nose was black fruits, along with a cedar/floral signature. Palate is lush and rich, dark fruits, blackberry, cassis, savory/meats. Sweet tannins, rich mouthfeel. Finish of 20+ seconds.

Still very young, drinks well now but will likely improve. Will e interesting to see this wine evolve, given the core/mid palate it will keep getting better. Longer decant would have helped. (965 views)
 Tasted by UTPK on 6/25/2015: A bit more quiet than 2 years ago, now you can actually start picking out the grapes on the nose. The 35% Merlot is clearly discernible, but there are not much green cab or lead/pencil shavings. It is all about dark fruit and sweet tannins. Not very typical Bordeaux, but good with food. (2164 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 6/20/2015 & rated 95 points: Wines that Rock (Craig & Nita's Place): Very dark purple/red color. PNP with a couple of hours of slow-O time. Drank 2 glasses over 2 hours. This was outstanding and drinking in a wonderful already. I would have expected this to need much more air, but no, it was open and beautiful. The nose offers up an intense aroma of sweet intense cassis with a dense layer of blackberry right behind that, graphite, cedar and a floral burst as well. The palate is steeped in this succulent and spellbinding core of layered pure black fruits; cassis, blackberry, kir, graphite, cedar, hints of savory and a long intense finish. Young, vibrant and lush, but restrained and alluring. I'm thrilled to see where this is at and where I think it will go over the next 10 years. 95(+)pts. (2198 views)
 Tasted by chablis28 on 6/20/2015 & rated 93 points: Delicious, lush and slightly jammy rich. Tasty none the less and a fun drink. (2251 views)
 Tasted by robert@gkff.org on 6/14/2015 & rated 95 points: This is excellent after a loooong decant (6 hours).

Cigar, smoke, still lots of tannin after the decant. Musty but well developed with enough fruit to be well balanced.

Continued to evolve nicely over the evening. Paired Very well with simply prepared rack of lamb.

Tasting notes from a magnum. (2200 views)
 Tasted by jkwoodward on 6/14/2015 & rated 96 points: Like stepping into a cedar closet filled with cigars, #2 pencils, and cassis, this is the definition of classic Bordeaux. Paired with lamb after a 6 hour decant from magnum, this astounded with dark fruit and perfect balance from start to long - very long -finish. As per so many researched recommendations, the lamb paired perfectly with a bit of game to match the burliness in the glass. Still has time to spare, but with appropriate preparation is ready to elevate your evening right now. (2485 views)
 Tasted by Jozefs on 6/12/2015 & rated 94 points: Still very much too young, but can be enjoyed on its modern fruit. Only gained complexity and nuance on the third day. Before that an dark-fruited monolith. This is probably a 20+ yrs wine. (1854 views)
 Tasted by PJRONeill on 6/6/2015 & rated 94 points: Following wine-strategies' decant advice was invaluable - a nine hour slo-ox after a double decant left this in perfect shape. Both plush and sharp at the same time, lovely depth of blue and black fruits, cedar and graphite but excellent structure too, nothing overblown and no hint of the hotness of the vintage. (1982 views)
 Tasted by levinml on 5/30/2015: Not sure how to rate this. First night not enjoyable at all. Whatever there was was tightly wound inside heavy tannins. Three hours in Riedel Sommeliers bordeaux glasses and never got to enjoyable. Second night (under pump) all nice, soft, fruity, long and balanced. Maybe needs another couple years or lots of hours in decanter. (2218 views)
 Tasted by wine-strategies on 5/23/2015: Double-decanted at 8am, left the cork out and served at 4pm. As with my previous experience here, this is just fantastic. Leaves me at a loss for words as I choose not to formulate a tasting note, but rather to take it all in. This is gorgeous; I want more, lots more. highly recommended

Served non-blind. (2781 views)
 Tasted by mike l. on 5/18/2015 & rated 92 points: small blind sip at learn about wine tasting.

old world nose.

serious root beer back palate.

needs time. (2478 views)
 Tasted by texanoblues on 5/18/2015 & rated 95 points: Deep red with violet hues and inky black center. Stunning nose of blackberry, graphite, ink and subtle floral notes. Black fruit notes on the palate with anise, graphite, and mint. Long blackberry finish. All of this supported by mild acidity, grippy tannins and appropriate alcohol (13.5%). The wine in this bottle was really in a good place. Perhaps a little early in the drinking window, but in the window nonetheless. Concentrated, intense, and absolutely beautiful!

This, after 3 hours in the decanter. It did develop in the glass. (2689 views)
 Tasted by jamie24 on 5/16/2015 & rated 89 points: I'm a little disappointed after seeing all the high scores on here. Typical northern medoc at first but then the fruit is a little stewed and a bit drying on the finish. Maybe a little unresolved and will improve. This was 1st bottle out of a case so will leave for a few more years before trying again. I seem to consistently find this Chateau the weakest of the 3 Leovilles. (2327 views)
 Tasted by gsquireh on 4/24/2015 & rated 97 points: Decanted our deep purple delight for two hours and this lady has climbed to classic in structure without losing her full bodied saturated, luscious mouth feel. Rich black and blue fruit, aromas of clove, nuance of nutmeg, sweet chocolate and roasted coffee, cassis, sweet myrrh, and hyacinth support why this special wine and many St. Julien’s are saints to remember. Finishes like a marathoner. (2771 views)
 Tasted by FamilyLarsson on 4/22/2015 & rated 95 points: Strålande som vanligt!
Skriver detsamma som när jag drack det för några månader sedan.
Helt underbar Bordeauxnäsa. Ett väldigt kraftfullt vin med cassis, mörka körsbär, rostade toner men som nu även börjar få lite mognadstoner med skogsmark, tryffel, tobak, cigarrlåda.
Ett komplext och kraftfullt vin som bara blir bättre och bättre för varje gång man dricker det. (2722 views)
 Tasted by DarinC on 4/18/2015 & rated 92 points: PnP and consumed over a 5 hour dinner. Much lighter in color and body than the vintage would suggest. Though, the beautiful nose is filled with very ripe dark, mostly black, fruits over a base of smoke and soil tones. Even with hours of air the mid-palate never filled out completely, but it's still a lovely wine that outperforms the vintage for my palate. Still young, but entering early maturity. (2313 views)
 Tasted by joshbryer on 4/18/2015: Definitely smells and tastes of the warmer year, but not scorched or pruney. Very flashy and forward wine, not completely lacking in structure, but quite round and fleshy. Not my favorite, but certainly not qualitatively bad or out of balance. (2614 views)
 Tasted by ageverett on 4/18/2015 & rated 94 points: From magnum. Had been open for about 2 hours at cellar temp. Still young, but very tasty. Nose of cedar forest and damp purple fruit. Fruit still present, and was noted on the finish. Medium weight and medium-plus finish. (2966 views)
 Tasted by Rupert on 3/28/2015 & rated 94 points: Marked blackcurrants, cedar, juicy, young, ripe but perfectly balanced (3038 views)
 Tasted by rlove on 3/11/2015 & rated 93 points: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. Rich nose of cassis and baking spice. More black currant in the mouth, which carries through to a minute-plus, dark finish. Big fruit and lots of oak, yet balanced, particularly wonderful acidity (was this vintage acidified?). Good now and for another 8-10 years. (3412 views)
 Tasted by Pcrage on 2/13/2015 & rated 97 points: This wine continues to evolve and impress. 5 hour decant then consumed over a 2 hour dinner. Wonderful bouquet and silky smooth, good complexity and tannins although not fully resolved very close. Just hitting its maturity window. Mid palate and 45 second finish exemplary. Have several bottles so it will be a real joy following this wine for the next decade or so....bravo. (3478 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 2/2/2015 & rated 92 points: Quite dark and youthful in terms of colour, certainly for a 2003, very similar to the 2005 and 2002 in fact. Certainly ripe and sweet nose, but no hints of stewed or confected fruit. On the palate slightly less complexity and depth, quite evolved. Good acidity (especially in the context of the vintage), very good length, there is a bit dryness towards the finish and the fruit seems slightly frail. While certainly great for 2003 I wouldn't keep this for too long. 91-93 (3629 views)
 Tasted by Keru on 1/19/2015 & rated 95 points: Drank this alongside the other 2 Leoville estates of 2003. Decanted for 1.5 hours and consumed over the next 2. It's drinking well, nose opens up after decanting, but not able to hold up against the LLC. (4071 views)
 Tasted by rcg62 on 1/1/2015 & rated 96 points: Great color, clearly young. Nice nose with plum, berry and floral notes. None of the heat I was thinking I might get from this hot vintage. Great full palate of black cherry and other dark fruits that really linger. Best wine I've tried from this vintage. Excellent. Can drink now but a few more years in the bottle would smooth the tannins. Long drinking window ahead. (3864 views)
 Tasted by RockinCabs on 12/28/2014 & rated 93 points: Decanting this for about 5-hours was required to unlock it, and even then there were tannic grippy teeth on this. Hold remaining bottles, this is an 03 that will go some distance.

Nose: Started with a slightly pruney note, but that blew off after a few hours revealing Black Cherry, Ripe Strawberry and Currant notes that were layered with nice oak tobacco and mint notes. Palate: Enters with deep dark red fruits, earth, berry and graphite. The mid palate shows an inkling of how plush this may become over the years. Finish: There is a modest assault of chewy tannin here, but the overriding note is dark blackberry, smoke and sweet oak. (3671 views)
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The World of Fine Wine, December 2007, Issue #18
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126
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Vinous, May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114
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By Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine Library TV, Bringing the Thunder, Episode #240 (5/22/2007)
(CHAT LEOVILLE POYFERRE) #1; COLOR-dark; NOSE-classic bell pepper, V8 juice, black cassis, black currant, musty (like an attic); TASTE-incredibly silky on the attack through the finish, this is a polished Old World wine w/ beautiful extracted New World fruit (hot 2003 vintage), perfect balance & harmony, extremely good, black currant & cassis, red cherries, beautiful raspberries, secondary layers of smoked tobacco, really ripe candied flavors on the finish, smooth as a wine gets, this is Ultimate Bordeaux; RP-98; GV-97+  97+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/7/2006)
(Château Léoville Poyferré) Very reticent, faint berry nose; complex on palate, concentrated, berry, cassis, vanilla palate; long finish  93 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2005
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Dark, exotic fruit nose. Damsons, with a hint of blackcurrant. Ripe, balanced, seamless structure. It has a gentle elegance, with creamy fruit and a peppery edge. Really gentle, fine tannins and correct acidity. This is very good indeed. Certainly the equal of Léoville Barton, if not slightly ahead.  17+ 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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