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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 138 
ProducerChâteau Léoville Poyferré (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)3700188007798

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2016 and 2031 (based on 57 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Poyferre on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.5 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 106 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by BenBlu on 7/22/2015 & rated 95 points: Enjoyed a glass of this for lunch together with a glass of Montrose 05. This clearly was superior in the showing against the Montrose, it had beautiful black and red fruits - really a full throttle wine with amazing power that should age beautifully. The oak here is very hidden (which I like). May I dare say that compared to the 2010 Leoville Poyferre I tasted recently I think I prefer the 2005 quite a bit at this stage...? Although the 2010 certainly has great potential but think there the wood is just not integrated enough for me yet. Lovely stuff the 2005 already today and holding an awful lot of promise for the next 2 decades to come. One that in my humble opinion punches (well) above its RP score. (1172 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 7/7/2015 & rated 96 points: Magnum shoot out - France vs. Italy (Switzerland): From Magnum, served blind. The most closed wine of the evening despite 2h decant, opened in the second half of the evening much more. Discrete nose of dark fruit, pine tree, forest floor, some oak. it is immediately clear that this is a Medoc wine that is still young. Very aristocratic, medium bodied, sappy. Great potential. Wait till 2020. 96+ (1914 views)
 Tasted by NostraBacchus on 7/3/2015 & rated 95 points: From Magnum bottle. First slightly closed, but opened up significantly over the course of the evening. Very classic and old-school St-Julien aromatics of dark berries (black currant/cassis, black cherries), pine tree, spices, some cedar wood, graphite/lead pencil... all in a cool/classic style. It's medium-full bodied with high acidity and high tannin that is present but very good quality. Good length. A very impressive classic and restrained kind of Bordeaux from this vintage, that produced very classic and old-school (in the best sense of the word) tasting wines. I would give it a few more years in the bottle though. (95+) (1635 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 6/28/2015 & rated 95 points: Cigar box, tobacco, cassis, blackberry and wet earth scents pop as soon as the wine hits the glass. The fruit and tannins need more time and air before they can really be coaxed from their deep slumber. On the palate, the wine is powerful, full bodied and concentrated, with refined tannins, plush textures and layers of sweet, ripe, juicy, spicy fruits. If you enjoy young wines for their crisp fruit, you can drink this with a few hours of air, else this very strong wine will be much better, softer and more complex with another 5 more years of age. The wine was produced from a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol. (1943 views)
 Tasted by dase13 on 6/13/2015 & rated 94 points: Purchased as a future.
Decanted for two hours. Drank over the course of a couple of hours.
Color of dark red. Scents of black and dark red fruits. Tastes consistent with scents and tannins were integrated and not overpowering.
Really enjoyed. (1724 views)
 Tasted by Sotto325 on 6/13/2015 & rated 93 points: A pure pleasure-- and, at risk of adolescent-cide, it is worth trying a bottle now. I recall well my first LP, the 1967 in 1976,and the quality difference is astounding. Rich, full of 2005 fruit With only a half hour decant, little tannin.

Of course a massive wine for this estate and for St Julien, the 2005 unfolds a rich robe of dark dark almost deep concentrated cherry/blueberry in the very center of the palate, with dark cherry and some cassis on the borders, a full finish. The nose has cedar,smoke, earth and of course black cherry.

The only thing missing, compared with its neighbor LLC, is complexity. Much will develop in time but this will not be a first growth in that regard.

But so what? Fine Bordeaux 2005 accessible early is worth a lot. (2048 views)
 Tasted by gsquireh on 6/11/2015 & rated 96 points: Decanted for two hours and drank leisurely with red meat entre. Wonderfully balanced, this purple palate pleaser has a mouth feel close to perfect acidity with carob, date-like note with cocoa powder facets, black current and plum. Smooth as a silk. From the glass cassis, licorice, blackberry and boysenberry, roasted tobacco leaves swafting the senses combine with a hint of cappuccino and tonka bean. A superlative accomplishment from nose to finish. (1761 views)
 Tasted by Bob in NC on 5/30/2015 & rated 93 points: A wonderful Left bank Bordeaux in it drinking window.. (1930 views)
 Tasted by le-gourmand on 4/17/2015 & rated 93 points: Great intensity, dark fruit morello cherry, light coffee notes. Deep fine line of acidity / structure, layered fruit, lovely lift and freshness. Sill too young but beautiful and exciting. (2598 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 4/11/2015: decanted for several hours.
impressively barnyard on the nose
mouth - lively sour plum, followed by some serious rough and tumble tannins. Tried next to the 2005 Clos l'Eglise, and this was by far the more unevolved wine. Has potential. Hold. (2457 views)
 Tasted by Eric Guido on 3/30/2015 & rated 93 points: 2005 Bordeaux Retrospective (Morrell Wine, 1 Rockefeller Plaza): The nose was intense, showing bright cherry, with spice, baked confectionary notes, sweet crème, savory burnt butter and tobacco. On the palate, I found a display of silky, smooth textures with hints of tannic grip, more wood than varietal, yet beautifully balanced with ripe saturating dark red fruits and spice. Fine tannin resonated on the powerful finish contrasted through lasting fruit and hints of tobacco. (2927 views)
 Tasted by BenBlu on 3/26/2015 & rated 94 points: Tasted single blind. Accessed via coravin left half an hour in glass. From nose guessed St julien, palate showed red fruits and tobacco leaf. I noted after half an hour more air getting better. For me second WOTN after Cos 2006 and ahead of Montrose 2005 for current gratification. i would not be surprised to see all this reversed though in ten years time. This wine has huge potential and I am glad to have a case. probably still "value" in the scheme of 05 prices. If you need to try now decant. If you can wait wait. Drink the less expensive surrounding 2004 or 2006 Poyferre now. (2710 views)
 Tasted by Doni.Bertolami on 3/9/2015 & rated 91 points: 2005 Bordeaux Tasting: Not my cup of tea. More modern than the barton and gruaud larose which were tasted along with obvious influence from the new oak. Quite acidic and not yet integrated. (2789 views)
 Tasted by Arthur4wine on 3/8/2015 & rated 93 points: Just great. Served with rib-eye steak and guest just loved it. (2151 views)
 Tasted by Lipsman on 2/4/2015 & rated 88 points: Tasted blind. This wine was awkward, unbalanced with acidity, tannin, and the wine each fighting each other. In a flight of the 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007, the 2005 was the least favorite. Surprising results. 2002 was the favorite for immediate satisfaction, with 2007 most favored for cellaring—a bargain wine. (3127 views)
 Tasted by tbuysse on 2/2/2015 & rated 96 points: Perfect balance between power and elegance. Great now, and will last for at leat 5 more years. Top! (2599 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 2/2/2015 & rated 95 points: Not easy to follow after 2010 and 2009, but the 2005 didn't disappoint. Showing a hint of evolution in terms in colour around the rim. Nice depth and finesse on the nose, a lot more accessible than 2010 at this stage, but more elegant and restrained than the 2009. On the palate great texture, grippy, with waves of ripe fruit, spicy, fresh, perfectly balanced. Very elegant. Wonderful finish. I would wait a couple of more years. 94-95+ (2703 views)
 Tasted by Cantenac Brown on 1/31/2015 & rated 93 points: Drank from a half bottle (375ml). Medium to dark red in the glass with medium to quick legs. Earthy notes with some oak and very slight secondary flavours of leather developing. The wine highly tannic with a medium to full body.

After 24 hours opened but left in the fridge, the wine added more weight and became a full bodied powerhouse. This wine is built to last. I recommend not opening until 2018 and should last 20+ years. (2367 views)
 Tasted by PanosKakaviatos on 1/29/2015 & rated 93 points: Bordeaux 2005 : Ten years on (Bordeaux Index London): By comparison with the Barton, a bit more jam on the nose. Rich and full bodied, much fruit almost ready to burst out of the house, but a bit harder at this stage. The Barton seems a bit juicier. A different style but also excellent. (3490 views)
 Tasted by DrinkBordeaux on 1/18/2015 & rated 94 points: Dark purple in color. Took 3+ hours aeration to fully show itself. Black currant, cherry, chocolate, sweet tobacco, with hints of violet. Mouth-filling, rich, and silky. Grippy tannins that need softening. Long, lingering finish. This is a wine with obvious potential. It should enter its drinking window in 2 years, where it should remain for a very long time. (2479 views)
 Tasted by Alex H on 12/25/2014 & rated 89 points: Classic claret showing from a strong vintage. Dark cassis, well defined oak, smooth firm tannins and cigar tobacco finish. All lifted by hints of floral and plums juiciness. (2567 views)
 Tasted by Vintomas on 12/21/2014 & rated 94 points: Wines tasted at Eriks vinbar (Eriks vinbar, Stockholm): Classical, powerful and rather young Bordeaux nose with blackcurrants and notes of even darker berries, some barnyard aromas and tar, a hint of dried herbs, and well integrated oak. The palate is medium bodied+, with blackcurrants, good acidity, some tar and pepper notes, tannins that are well integrated into the fruit, and an aftertaste dominated by dark berries with some tannins. Still on the young side, but somewhat accessible now, 94+ p.

Poyferré is usually called modern in style, but in the 2005 this is combined with a very fine balance on the palate and classical vibes. (2505 views)
 Tasted by Sundbyberg on 12/21/2014 & rated 91 points: Mixed emotions. Starts out very promising, smooth, sweet and a bit closed, but with some signs of complexity. But after 30-60 minutes this turns out to be smooth, but not much more. I would say full bodied and definetly old school. From magnum (2507 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 11/15/2014 & rated 96 points: Equally fine compared to the 05 Beychevelle, cool, poised and a wonderful blend of elegance and power. Polished and silky despite the firm tannin structure. Very very long. Outstanding. 95-96+ (3393 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 10/24/2014 & rated 96 points: From 0.375. Decanted for 30 min. Medium-dark ruby, still young in color. Expressive nose of cedar wood, black fruits, elder berry and some earthy tones, very nice and complex. On the palate medium bodied, very St.Julien, well drinkable with soft but still young tannins. Give it 3-5 more years and it will be a sure winner. (3674 views)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (5/14/2011)
(Château Léoville Poyferré) Very dark red violet color; soft plum, berry, cassis nose; tasty, rich, youthful, cassis, berry, plum, cedar palate; will go 10-plus years; long finish 93+ points (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot)  93 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2009
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Between the preceding two wines, the Barton pair of Langoa and Léoville, in terms of aromatic expression, perhaps with a slightly darker grain of fruit, richer and rather more intense. Great, pure, very stylish, a slightly more creamy presence on the palate than Barton, still with a very fine layer of structure beneath. Great tannic core, really rather grippy, although it certainly has the substance to cope. Fine acids too, bright and lifted fruit presence. Without doubt this is the equal of Barton, and it is great to see Poyferré perform at this level these days. Stylistically different, fleshier and more exotic perhaps, but certainly lovely quality here.  19+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/18/2008)
(Château Léoville Poyferré) Dark red violet color; charcoal, smoke and blackberry nose; tasty, plush, lovely palate with a touch of vanilla oak; medium finish 91+ pts. (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot)  91 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2007
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) A great colour, and a wonderful purity on the nose, with essence of dark summer berry fruits being the order of the day, with a touch of white pepper. This has great depth and is clearly very impressive. It has a ripe, balanced, rounded composition, it is very firmly glued together, but has a sweet, harmonious character which is immediately appealing. There are ripe, svelte tannins which show through only at the finish. Very nicely judged extract. Very fine indeed.  18+ points
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Château Léoville Poyferré

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Varietals: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc

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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