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 Vintage1982 Label 1 of 138 
ProducerChâteau Léoville Poyferré (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2002 and 2023 (based on 37 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Poyferre on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.7 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 207 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by BradE on 7/22/2015: As always, this is a very good wine. But it never seems to deliver greatness. Maybe I expect too much. (389 views)
 Tasted by tinybubbles on 6/5/2015 & rated 94 points: While clearly short of the 82 Las Cases, this was still a good showing for the Poyferre, having apparently progressed well in the last few years. On the nose, black plum, black currant, clove, faint cinnamon, and little too much wood. A sweetness to the palate with black raspberry, although buttressed by black walnut flavors and faint spice. Well rounded and quite enjoyable. (548 views)
 Tasted by bestdamncab on 3/27/2015 & rated 95 points: Wine group dinner for Aniko at Yans China Bistro with Alex Yan doing the cooking. My #2 and Group #2. Lovely nose of black cherry fruit, tar, and cassis, more of the same on the palate, lots of cabernet flavors on the mid palate, medium/big body, improved greatly as the evening went on, lighter style than the others but much, much richer, long finish and flavorful aftertaste. (1245 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 2/4/2015 & rated 94 points: Nose of ripe green pepers, red berries… fresh tannins, red fruit (1779 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 2/2/2015 & rated 95 points: A bit richer and more expressive, complex than the 1983 on the nose. More generous, less drying, smoother, less powerful, but really harmonious and balanced, with a wonderful intensity of flavours. The structure is just superb. Very persistent and long. An absolutely lovely wine and a close second behind the stunning 1990. No rush at all drinking this. 94-96 (1726 views)
 Tasted by clayfu on 1/30/2015: I actually feel like this bottle still has time to go. It had purity and softness and the acids were well integrated but the fruit was hiding in the background. It started to peak out past the tannins but it was still subdued. A well put together bordeaux. (1491 views)
 Tasted by Jeremy Holmes on 1/30/2015: Power meets elegance. Beautiful aromatics of freshly polished leather, dried flowers, sweet cedar and cassis. Round and creamy in the mouth with dense fruits and plenty of subtle earthy nuance. Has great proportion and persistence. Still extremely youthful but a joy to drink right now. (1618 views)
 Tasted by FYC on 1/29/2015: A very nice Bordeaux in a perfect drinking plateau. Dark fruits, some tobacco character. Fine weight and nicely resolved. Quite nice. (1099 views)
 Tasted by jmoon on 1/11/2015 & rated 96 points: perfectly mature and wonderfully fresh and complex (437 views)
 Tasted by rcg62 on 1/10/2015 & rated 95 points: Stunning color, still dark red with only the slightest signs of age at the edges. Nose is all plum, with some floral notes. A big nose too, really beautiful. Terrific expression of everything great about St Julien. Forward fruit, dark berries and jam with tannins that are pretty subdued. This wine only grew in the glass after an hour. Loved this. At its peak but has 10-15 years of great drinking. (900 views)
 Tasted by winedupe on 12/25/2014 & rated 96 points: Drank with Christmas turkey dinner with family and friends. Had been stored in my passively cooled cellar (58 degrees F in winter, 68 in summer, but changes slowly) since I took possession of futures in 1985. Parker had recommended, and the price was quite a bit below peers at the time. Wine was about 3/4 " below cork. Cork came out in one piece, albeit a bit soft. Wine had not leaked all the way through. Poured through filter/aerater, and started imbibing immediately. Wine was dark red, no noticeable browning. Smelled and tasted like blueberry and cherry preserves that my Mother used to make. Mellow, smooth, concentrated, very little to complain about. Hard to give an absolute number without having several other wines at the same time for comparison, but clearly more concentrated and not as acidic as the one other wine at the table, 1990 Haut Marbuzet.
I don't claim to be able to predict the ageability of wines, but this tasted young to me. Hard to believe it was 32 years old. As such, I imagine that it has some years of life remaining. (1034 views)
 Tasted by Dr. Galazkiewicz on 11/30/2014 flawed bottle: I was greeted by a layer of mold on the cork as I peeled back the foil. Unpleasant, but not shocking for a 32 year old bottle. Cork crumbled at the mere though of the corkscrew. I was forced to scrape it out and pour the wine through a filter.

The wine itself had a moldy smell and I suspect this may be from contact with the cork bits that fell into the bottle. I fought past the wet basement smell and was rewarded with a familiar Poyferre nose. Shocking amount of structure left in this bottle. In fact, it was strongly reminiscent of the 2007 Poyferre I had recently enjoyed. (1381 views)
 Tasted by KR66 on 11/15/2014 & rated 91 points: The Leovilles (1961-2003), tasted by the "Linzer Wine Gang" (Josef, Linz (Austria)): Tasted blind, the weakest amongst the three Leovilles, so obvious the Poyferre. Fragrant nose, sweet ripe 82-fruits in the palate, but the finish was too disappointing. A nice wine, but I suggest to drink this up before 2020. (1898 views)
 Tasted by Lipsman on 10/21/2014 & rated 92 points: I didn't decant, which may have been a mistake. The bottle was poured around the table for eight, and consumed. It was smooth and texturally enjoyable, but reticent, lacking in aroma and taste. It was certainly better a few years ago. (1758 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 10/12/2014: Four great 82 BDX tonight, flighted together. Haut Brion was WOTN for me. Simply incredible, as always, and ridiculously enjoyable. A tie for #2: Margaux and Pichon Lalande. The Margaux was the most primary, and seems to have literally 25 years of life ahead of it. Relaxed a bit in the glass over an hour or so. The Pichon Lalande was in some respects the classiest of the group, and was terrific, but lost a little in the sexiness rating. The 82 Leoville Poyferre was terrific, and in most dinners might contend for WOTN, but tonight was a very high class last place. 82's of perfect provenance are such a pleasure. (1810 views)
 Tasted by Rogershkg on 9/26/2014 & rated 93 points: Still very fresh. Hardly believe that it is 30+ years. Appearance was still good red colour with no sign of age. I think one of the bottle had a slight cork taint. I noticed it and so did my wife but our guests did not seem to. Underneath it was a very easy drinking smooth wine with a long taste. Mellow and soft tannins. (1742 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 9/23/2014 & rated 96 points: Silky, soft, refined, concentrated and deep, the wine combines great textures, sweet fruits, complex aromatics and a long finish. What's not to like? (2210 views)
 Tasted by Saint-Exupéry on 9/22/2014 & rated 95 points: Deep red, no signs of bricking. Expressive nose of dark fruits, forest floor and cigar box. On the palate complex, concentrated fruit. Very smooth tannins. Incredibly harmonious and balanced. Long finish. Another great '82 left bank Bordeaux that is immensely drinkable right now. Potential for at least 10 more years. (1403 views)
 Tasted by ilee on 9/13/2014 & rated 96 points: Faced with a relaxed and quiet Saturday night at home with the two little rascals, Mrs L and I dug deep into the fridges for something nice. The 82 LP not only fit the bill, but also shot the lights out. The bouquet was glorious and expressive -- not to mention thick and dark -- vapor of 32 year old fruit that could well have been harvested last year if it weren't for the complex rocky, smoky aromas that only mature wines from a few blessed corners of Bordeaux can produce. (It certainly impressed my 4-year old daughter, who was quite taken by the aromatics.) Rich and substantive on the palate, but with ample finesse and balance; fine velvety layers of fruit and a plush finish. Mature yet with a long life ahead. This wine will drink beautifully in 2040, and I shall make sure to save a bottle (not to mention myself) for drinking then (1384 views)
 Tasted by DemeesterWim on 8/30/2014 & rated 91 points: Stunning that 82 stuff. Still has it all but in prime drinking mode. Drink now. (1256 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 7/11/2014 flawed bottle: 1982 Bordeaux Tasting and Dinner (Sunset Ridge Country Club - Northfield IL): Corked. 2nd bottle in separate note. (2165 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 7/11/2014 & rated 90 points: 1982 Bordeaux Tasting and Dinner (Sunset Ridge Country Club - Northfield IL): First bottle was corked, this 2nd bottle much better. Quite mature and advanced with far ore earthy character than fruit. Good balance and certainly enjoyable, but not lots of depth. I'd think this was better a few years back. (2289 views)
 Tasted by Englishman's Claret on 6/9/2014: So nice of Erik to bring this over; my first 82 Poyferre. A lot of leather, cigar, and very, very earthy. Surprisingly not the plush and rich fruit you might expect from Poyferre - interesting. But the mouth feel, the structure isn't nearly as rustic. Interesting - certainly look forward to drinking this again! (2259 views)
 Tasted by nortonnose on 6/7/2014 & rated 91 points: Sigh. From 750ml purchased from private cellar, this bottle was visibly a bit banged up, and sadly that showed through in the wine. While I would still categorize it as "silky" as per my previous experience, this one was underwhelming. Praying it was simple bottle variation - I will report back on the next one! (1974 views)
 Tasted by RockinCabs on 6/7/2014 & rated 91 points: Casual Bordeaux Dinner w/Boston Group (Boston): Nose: Dark Cherry, Chocolate, Vanilla and Leather. Quite ripe, but not baked fruit. Palate: Very soft in the mouth and silky. Black Cherry, Red Plum and Ripe Strawberry fruit with good dose of earth and chocolate. Rich. Finish: Lingering red plum and chocolate.

Thanks to NortonNose for sharing. (2017 views)
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/19/2009)
(Ch Léoville Poyferré St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (7/15/2002)
(Ch Léoville Poyferré St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103
(Chateau Leoville Poyferre Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, January 2003
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Of the three wines here this has the greatest depth of colour, yet also demonstrates the most evidence of maturity. Obvious style on the nose, the dense, pure fruit joined by complex mineral and meaty aromas. The palate has richness, but also balance and elegance. There's plenty of everything - it still has lots of fruit, and there are still some tannins on the endpalate and finish. Good acidity too. Pleasing length.  18.5 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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