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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 97 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Léoville Poyferré (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)015643241673, 087000333000

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2028 (based on 125 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 303 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 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. (835 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. (1123 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. (1335 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. (1139 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. (2065 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. (2022 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. (1483 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. (2088 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. (2381 views)
 Tasted by Rupert on 3/28/2015 & rated 94 points: Marked blackcurrants, cedar, juicy, young, ripe but perfectly balanced (2679 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. (3105 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. (3215 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 (3372 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. (3834 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. (3640 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. (3447 views)
 Tasted by MrBrege on 12/24/2014 & rated 94 points: Double-decant for 2h followed by slow-oxing for another 6h. Sweet deep fruit, both red and black, tannins very fine and almost resolved. Spicy mid-palate and a lovely long finish. This wine drinks really very well now, and although it can perhaps gain further complexity there is not all that much reason to hold back - go on, pop a cork. (2930 views)
 Tasted by WineGuyFL on 12/21/2014 & rated 93 points: Very tight. Did not open up much after 3-4 hours. Can sense what is there.....will let it sit for a couple of years before trying another bottle. (2983 views)
 Tasted by DrinkBordeaux on 12/13/2014 & rated 95 points: Dark ruby red and concentrated, with minimal lightening of the edges. Benefited from 2 hour decant. Open nose of dark fruit, blueberries, a little leather, damp earth, and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, rich, mouth-filling and silky. Ripe tannins. Long 60 second finish. Should continue to drink well and improve for 10+ years. (3056 views)
 Tasted by AWBryce on 11/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Excellent nose of dark fruit, oak and jolly ranchers. Grippy tannin, medium acid. Still lots of life in this one. (3486 views)
 Tasted by Rupert on 10/31/2014 & rated 94 points: This is rather special. Classic cedar claret, full and ripe, but not at all over-done and, although big, impeccably balanced, with plenty of nuance. There's a huge amount of tannin, but it doesn't stick out at all. (4019 views)
 Tasted by PFra on 10/13/2014 & rated 96 points: The nose is really intoxicating, red and black berries, vanilla, spice, a hint of flowers and even some cooling mint or eucalyptus. The palate is full of lots of flavors, but the sweet, pure fruit is remarkable. There's definitely some oak, but it's very fine and adds to the whole rather than overwhelming any one element. You get pencil, minerals, some cocoa powder, and spicy complexity, but the fruit is the star here, it's just great. There's some almost silky chocolate cherry in there. I've read mixed reviews on this wine, and can see how people who like their Claret more structure driven or restrained might not love it. It's extremely well made and almost irresistible now, but it should continue to age and evolve positively. (4338 views)
 Tasted by elkcims on 10/11/2014 & rated 95 points: Nice bouquet on nose, roasted forest floor, graphite, coffee bean and sweet smooth tannins. Nice black fruits linger. Tried over 3 days sealed each day in a split with nitro-argon CO2 spray. First day after 2 hour decant: 93, 2nd day: 95, 3rd day: 94 (3948 views)
 Tasted by FamilyLarsson on 9/24/2014 & rated 95 points: 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. (4198 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 9/23/2014 & rated 95 points: Double blind, my guess was at least 15 years older than its true age, due to its developed character. Soft, lush, and luscious, there is an array of secondary aromas that really charge you up, with their truffle, forest floor, tobacco, cigar box, cedar, plum and black cherry notes. I do not think this is going to fade sooner than it should, but as the wine is really nice now, why wait to pop a bottle? (4525 views)
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/23/2008)
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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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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (11/3/2005)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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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

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.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Médoc

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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