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 Vintage1983 Label 1 of 123 
ProducerChâteau Léoville Poyferré (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1998 and 2012 (based on 9 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Poyferre on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.4 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 63 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by rossi.wine on 2/2/2015 & rated 92 points: Surprisingly dark in colour, evolved nose, but a bit shy, elegant, classic. On the palate starting slowly, pure fruit, spicy, a bit lean, then opening up, showing much more intensity and power. Fresh, elegant, a bit dying. Great finish, long and lingering. 91-93 (922 views)
 Tasted by JulianSkeels on 12/8/2014 & rated 90 points: Needed 30-60mins in decanter to settle, after which plenty of bite but a disappointingly watery finish. With an extra hour of air it developed lovely tobacco and cedar aromas that I love from St Julien's, except in the mouth it doesn't have the lushness of a hot vintage (e.g. 89/90) nor velvet feel of 85, nor freshness of 96. It's got those 83-vintage drying tannins. Frankly smells better from the empty glass later than at the time of drinking. I do not like many 83's though, have felt their time has past and this case just re-affirms it. Drink up. From a perfect bottle from my cellar, so others may not show even as well at this. (1153 views)
 Tasted by KR66 on 11/15/2014 & rated 93 points: The Leovilles (1961-2003), tasted by the "Linzer Wine Gang" (Josef, Linz (Austria)): Tasted blind. Extremely fragrant nose. In the palate full of fruit and herbs, cedar. Still some tannins, but all in balance. Beautiful length. A very nice wine, drink now and a decade more. (1553 views)
 Tasted by jeremy@hk on 11/8/2014 & rated 91 points: Wine Monopole Dinner (Chez Moi): Very consistent. Good acid medium body fresh (1206 views)
 Tasted by JulianSkeels on 9/25/2014 & rated 90 points: Lots of initial acidity, which took 2hrs in a decanter to integrate after which the wine became rich and wonderful for a window before drying out (which I've found recently with many 83s). Lots of mushrooms, forest floor and a window of wonderful tobacco. This is mature and will not improve, but will hold for 3-5yrs at this level. I'll try a 6hr slow ox next time. Not too much sediment. Only for lovers of classic and mature bordeaux, for me the 85 is a significantly better wine (mind you, I love the 85 St Julien style) for the same price. (1524 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 4/16/2014 & rated 90 points: Nose of leather, sous bois, hint of bacon, mushrooms... taste of red berries, hint of acidity, average finish... well mature claret... good but not great Poyferre! (2171 views)
 Tasted by Tao on 1/17/2014 & rated 95 points: To me, this is an astonishing bottle of wine! Bright translucent ruby in colour with only a very small hint of orange hue! So youthful looking! A tremendous nose of black currants, creme cassis, a touch of graphite, dried herbs, very pure and very deep nose! On the palate, once again, a very pure dark fruits showing, very rich and at the same time very delicate, very smooth! In pristine balance! I'm shocked by it's energy, vibrancy and youthful looking! This is very beautiful indeed!! (2242 views)
 Tasted by Flyfish1219 on 12/7/2013 & rated 90 points: The wine looks Brick colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Dust, Mineral, Toast, and Black currant (cassis). It tastes like Black currant (cassis), Mineral, and Dust. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Silky texture. The wine finishes Medium. (2267 views)
 Tasted by asgerG on 12/5/2013 & rated 92 points: PnD. Brick red, orange rim, 4.5. Very classic Bordeaux bouquet, hint of jasmine flowers, oriental spices, complex. Elegant harmonious palate, some tannin, multi layered, long finish. Drink now or wait. Thanks Bo (2253 views)
 Tasted by canan on 10/19/2013 & rated 91 points: 30th Birthday - Bordeaux Wine (1983) (Le Sommelier, Copenhagen): Restrained aromatics on the nose showing a little sewer and dark fruit.
Smooth and pure dark fruit on the palate with a good balance but only a medium-short aftertaste. (1563 views)
 Tasted by Jantenen on 10/13/2013 & rated 95 points: Still drinking incredibly well! Full nose of blackberry, cherry and spice. Deep intense cherry flavor with a smooth long lasting finish. (1730 views)
 Tasted by SoundInBetween on 9/15/2013 & rated 93 points: cork broke in half upon extraction. after about 2 hours of air and chilled to the right temperature, this was in absolutely perfect shape. if you get a bottle that's in this sort of shape (perfectly stored with a 60%+ soaked cork and no heat damage), you are in for a real treat. (1824 views)
 Tasted by toineton on 6/29/2013 & rated 95 points: Still a lot of fruits and acidity. Tanins are soft and perfectly integrated. Beautiful complexity and balance. Long finish on some exotic wood and liquorish. (Opened the bottle 6 hours before and decanted in another bottle) (1782 views)
 Tasted by mzimberg on 2/9/2013 & rated 94 points: Lovely burnt amber with some bricking. Gorgeous, classic Bordeaux nose of cedar/ cigar box ,wild strawberries, and peppers. Very nice texture, comes across as creamy and sticky. Classic aged cabernet dill and bell pepper laced plums. All perfectly harmonious and balanced. Very interesting, weaving, long finish. In a sweet spot at age 30.

The cork crumbled and I am thrilled this wine is in such nice shape. Thanks Josh! Grade: A (2383 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 2/7/2013 & rated 90 points: 1983 Red Bordeaux Horizontal with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): Once again surprisingly alive and vibrant, fuller wine with a lot of fruit. A touch of dry tannin, mild on the palate and shorting on th efinish. Feels to have gone through a lot of extraction and oak and still feels like it after all this years. good wine still. 90 and we suggest one drinks up. (2829 views)
 Tasted by GRAPE JUICE on 1/25/2013 & rated 91 points: 2013 - Lunch gathering (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck @ Paragon): Alcohol ::
Pristine condition. Very dark garnet core with light rim. The bouquet is utterly intriguing: sweet herbs, tobacco, spices and sweet black currant note. What is most important is the freshness it able to offer. Silky smooth mouth feel with layers of secondary complexity. It has just enough fruits to support today. Make it very delicious to drink. I especially like the freshness and focus in this wine. While I don't think it would improve even more. It will certainly stay at its peak for at least another 3-5years. (2693 views)
 Tasted by spillwine on 6/5/2012 & rated 91 points: Fruité ! (3771 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 11/10/2011 & rated 91 points: Five Decades of Leoville Poyferre with Richard Brazier (Handford Wines, London): Surprisingly alive. Spicy peppery nose and we would never guess its an 83. Some dryness and although not the best LP still has structure, good finish and feels vibrant and alive. Very eenjoyable and we would love to have this over the 82, adjusted for price that is. 90-92. (4685 views)
 Tasted by yeoman on 7/12/2011: Classic example of matured bordeaux. Drinking peak now, but the finished is short. (3852 views)
 Tasted by GRAPE JUICE on 7/12/2011: 1990s Bordeaux Retrospect: Alcohol :: NA
Popped and Poured. Yet another matured Claret that display good sense of harmonious and complexity: meatiness, chocolaty, leathery, tobacco, coffee and blackberry. Fresh and vibrant, a bit lean and one dimension considered we just had 2 flight of Bordeaux from the great 1990 vintage. The finish is rather short too but this is drinking beautifully now. Drink up. Buy - No. (4335 views)
 Tasted by jnlauridsen on 5/21/2011 & rated 94 points: Bottle in very good condition with level well into neck.

The nose was a bit metallic, almost like a young St.-Estephe when just opened. Definately lots of life left and far from over the top. Guess it at least will be a pleasure to drink till 2015.

Bouquet going from a bit metallic to cassis and a bit of spices.

Medium to full body and surprisingly still no orange edge. Did not expect anything special, but a great surprise. Decanted and reached it's peak after 2-3 hours. A fantastic wine to drink now! 94 points. (4057 views)
 Tasted by Wamrod on 3/26/2011 & rated 92 points: Really nice bottle bottle of perfectly aged Bordeaux - At a really beautiful point in it's drinking window. Very rewarding.

Cork was not in best of shape, showing seepage on 100% of surface area and some moldy growth under cap, so I was moderately concerned - but it turned out not to br a factor.

Decanted - drank with lambshanks. Intense ruby, looked far younger than it's nearly 30 years, no bricking detected. Superb nose with gobs of fruit (currants, cherry) with leather, and slight pencil lead and cedar. Very slight port aroma that worked quite nicely.

On the palate this was a pleasure. The fruit was definitely intact, along with surprisingly high tannins, with are soft and ever so slightly dusty. This must have been a tannic beast in it's youth, but is just gorgeous right now. Wish I had more! (3823 views)
 Tasted by ilee on 1/16/2011 & rated 92 points: Pristine bottle with full neck fill. Opened and decanted for 30 mins. Wow, what a nose -- upon breathing in the rich fumes of cassis unfolding in the glass, I thought for a moment I had opened a bottle of the '82 by mistake... On the palate, the wine was medium bodied with a classic St Julien structure, with gentle notes of leather and tobacco interwoven into the still-lively dark fruit. The 1983 LP might have seen better days (I can only guess), but based on the bottles I've had in the past 4 years it is in no hurry to fall off its drinking window (4058 views)
 Tasted by jrobs7777 on 6/12/2010 & rated 87 points: Examination of Bordeaux (Our House (2033 Brandywine St., Philadelphia)): This was far more muted and reserved (even with a good decant) then I would have expected. Some red fruit developed on the nose, but it was mostly dominated by cedar. Fresher acidity on the palate with a moderate finish. This surprisingly has a good 10-15 years (at least) in the prime drinking window. (4614 views)
 Tasted by ews3 on 6/12/2010 & rated 86 points: muted nose, although some cedar comes out with additional air time (open ~3 hrs before it was drunk). Some spiced red cherry still coming through. a little bit sour on the finish disappoints after the fruit appears on the palate. Some lovely secondary notes showing through here -- I bet there are some brilliant bottles of this out there. (4137 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Sep/Oct 2013, Issue #47, The 1983 Bordeaux Vintage: Superb Quality Forever in the Long Shadow of 1982
(Château Leoville-Poyferré) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/19/2009)
(Ch Léoville Poyferré St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, February 2005
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Moderately deep hue. Reserved, stylish nose, a touch floral, with red fruit notes. Textured palate, a little creamy, although it doesn't quite have the desired body through the midpalate. Integrated tannins and good flavour though. A little length. Good, although this chateau has turned out much better wines in more recent vintages. Ready now.  16 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, January 2003
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A mature colour, but still with bright red nuances. Sweet, ripe but gamey fruit on the nose. This is followed by a lovely presence on the palate. A meaty, mouthfilling weight, with plenty of sweet fruit. A low level of ripe tannins provide some backbone, and there's correct acidity. This is a more brawny, slightly harder wine, and lacks the elegance of some other vintages. Nevertheless, there is quality here.  17 points
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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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