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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 137 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Léoville Poyferré (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)000008843050, 3364420038072, 400005650369, 714153123218

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2028 (based on 27 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Poyferre on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.5 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 87 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Wineforth on 7/18/2015 & rated 93 points: Slightly muted nose, cassis, leather, oak and vanilla. very good length. Still quite tannic. I wonder if there's enough fruit to see the tannin out in the long run. I guess it will peak in a couple of years. (443 views)
 Tasted by Shaun Mondavi on 6/13/2015 & rated 93 points: 1 hr decant. Fantastic stuff. Beat out Carruades de Lafite for WOTN. Even better than when tasted at the winery. (888 views)
 Tasted by partylikeakennedy on 5/10/2015 & rated 92 points: Opened, poured one glass. It wasn't great. Re-corked and set aside for 24 hours. Now it's where it needs to be! Earthy, cassis-rich nose, leather too. Palate of blackberry, old leather/tobacco, dry leaves, smoke. Very soft tannins. (1224 views)
 Tasted by gsquireh on 5/4/2015 & rated 93 points: Decanted two hours. Open for business and ready to serve the soft and supple tannins escort this medium body and subtly rounded elegant deep lavender purple lady to your loving memory from first sip to lasting finish. Sweet plum, currant, cassis and blackberry, the roasted coffee and chocolate merge with the cedar and licorice to offer a delicious experience, one that you would like to repeat. (1293 views)
 Tasted by JonnyG on 2/18/2015 & rated 92 points: Better rounded than the last bottle I enjoyed, with generous blue fruit, sweet tannins, faint oak and soy. The wine was bit dried out on the finish, though. (2085 views)
 Tasted by Lipsman on 2/4/2015 & rated 88 points: Tasted in a blind flight of Poyferre wines, this 2006 was on the tart side and somewhat unbalanced. Still it showed better than the 2005. Not recommended. (1875 views)
 Tasted by jcomm on 2/4/2015 & rated 94 points: Nice showing again here...this is concentrated, ample and quite tannic presently but still approachable...will age in beauty.
Nose has anis, earth, coffee and some cedar.
The palate shows lots of black fruit and grippy tannins, nice long chocolaty finish. (2114 views)
 Tasted by EMAZurich on 1/20/2015 & rated 92 points: Weihnachtsfeier im Januar (Zürich): Noch sehr kantig... das wird ein wunderschöner Wein, nur ist er heute in einer jugendlichen Trotzphase und gibt sich bockig... ist trotzdem interessant zu trinken, eigentlich nicht verschlossen weil er doch sehr viel preisgibt, aber eben etwas säurelastig, scharfe Tannine, bockig eben... heute 92 mit viel Luft nach oben für die Reife! (1943 views)
 Tasted by Sourdough on 12/31/2014 & rated 91 points: A very nice Bdx Lovy nose and color. Earthy red fruit aroma and palat. Started closed even with two hours of air. Opened dramatically by four hours. Lovely. Save second bottle for 2016 (2177 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 12/25/2014 & rated 92 points: Beau Bordeaux de style classique.
Un beau nez de fruits rouges, de tabac et d`anis.
En bouche, Assez corsé et tannique en ce moment. Des saveurs de mures, de cerises et graphite avec des relents de café en fin de bouche.
Long et persistant, en a encore pas mal sous la pédale. (1584 views)
 Tasted by Wineforth on 12/20/2014 & rated 91 points: What it lacks a little in aromatics this wine more than makes up for in balance, body, softness yet structured and excellent length. Has come a long way since tasted at the wine society in early 2010 when I noted searing tannins, hard to judge, big, could be good, clean. Glad I waited to drink the first bottle as this is one for the long haul. Leather and tobacco. Decant carefully. (1444 views)
 Tasted by Sourdough on 10/16/2014 & rated 91 points: At Poyferre tasting. Rather dark purple color with a tiny hint of brown. Only opened half an hour before tasting. Aroma was relatively mature but more muted compared to younger wines tasted. Simply smelled more in balance and ready. Relatively fruity on palate with dark cherry, leather. very smooth with tannins pretty well integrated. Oak is subdued. Drinking pretty well right now but will improve. (2479 views)
 Tasted by BenBlu on 8/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Opened an hour before serving, no decant. Very pleasant nose of saddle leather. Drinking well now, elegant, but expect this to improve from here and has potential to add a point of two. As a side not tasted the 2nd wine Pavillon de Poyferre 2009 after this which has gotten very good reviews on Celler tracker, so I was curious to match this 2nd wine of the best vinatage with the first wine from a less perfect vintage. Clearly the 2nd wine did not have the depth and was a step down in both nose and taste. (2880 views)
 Tasted by eddie100 on 8/7/2014 & rated 92 points: start opening. improving.good finish (2932 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/21/2014 & rated 93 points: I should have read my previous nites before opening this, as it does need more time. But, it is starting to open up. A half hour after bottle opening it starts to display a lovely, creamy note amongst fleshy, leather and dark fruit notes. This shows some clear pedigree. 93+pts. (3954 views)
 Tasted by Life At Your Leisure on 3/18/2014 & rated 94 points: Tasted blind alongside a 2003 Cos d'Estournel, 2005 Clos du Marquis among others. Dark garnet turning violet at the rim with a soft, delicate nose of rose petals, dark red berries, earth and leather. The palate is medium-to-full bodied, vibrant in acidity with a silky texture. Flavors of dark cherry, plum, tobacco, espresso, dried herbs and leather are strongly evident with hints of hoisin sauce. Finishes delightfully and long with a tinge of pepper spice. Very balanced and elegant. I'm a fan. 94+ (1578 views)
 Tasted by yofog on 3/12/2014 & rated 89 points: Silky and fine, but full and soft, this is good if a bit anonymous. Some drying tannin on the finish. Lacks charm but it's not as overpowered as some other recent wines from here. (3503 views)
 Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 1/30/2014 & rated 90 points: Aromas: currant, plum, leafy, rich tobacco and pencil lead, iron. On the palate, firm and fine tannins and medium acid give, the structure is evident. I love the tangy currant and black cherry, loads of graphite and dark soil and fallen leaves. Not near it’s prime, a little tight perhaps, but good stuff and a decent showing. (3694 views)
 Tasted by millesime66 on 11/7/2013 & rated 90 points: Tellement jeune et tannique encore qu'il en est presque déplaisant. Même après avoir été décanté et carafé pendant 2 heures, c'était gênant mais les arômes et les saveurs (fruits noirs, cuir, cèdre)commençaient à se dégager. Attendre qu'il ait au moins dix ans avant de le revisiter. (4153 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/10/2013 & rated 91 points: Nice concentration and verve but still too tannic for near-term consumption. Needs a very long time to come around - maybe even ten years. If one needs to open sooner, much better to pair with food vs. drink on it's own. (4574 views)
 Tasted by JonnyG on 9/9/2013 & rated 91 points: Soft and lush, with a generous mid palate. Very enjoyable. (3780 views)
 Tasted by JerrusR on 6/2/2013 & rated 92 points: I've had the luxury of tasting this wine from 1978, 1995, 2000 and now 2006. Pencil led barnyard, wet gravel...as great Bordeaux from the Medoc Peninsula would show. The difference from the other vintages that I've tried is that this one shows much more fruit on the mid palate. Acid is medium plus, alcohol low, finish medium plus. I love this wine, but it's for the ages. Definitely not ready to drink yet. Please hold on to it for at least another 5-7 years. (4122 views)
 Tasted by UPL on 5/31/2013 & rated 82 points: a shame for bordeaux (3995 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/13/2013 & rated 92 points: Still purple red. The wine has a beautiful and complex bouquet with cassis, luxurious oak, cedar, dust and spiciness. On the palate loaded with cassis and ripe dark forest fruits, dark chocolate, beautiful oak, and a firm amount of good acidity, tannin and bitterness. A concentrated wine which is still too young, but already showing what it has in store. Probably reaching early maturity around 2017. 92+ (1587 views)
 Tasted by cab blends on 5/4/2013 & rated 90 points: AHA Bordeaux Wine Tasting of the 2010 vintage (Ritz Carlton Washington DC): Cab 73, Merlot 21. Still a hint of the ruby. A very soft mid palate with a strong finish. Average cab with strong tannins. (3890 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
The World of Fine Wine, March 2011, Issue #31
(Château Léoville Poyferré 2ème Cru) Login and sign up and see review text.
The World of Fine Wine, December 2010, Issue #30
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/21/2010)
(Ch Léoville Poyferré St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/19/2009)
(Ch Léoville Poyferré St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144
(Chateau Leoville Poyferre Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2009, Issue #20, The 2006 Bordeaux Vintage: A Snapshot of a Pretty High Quality Year
(Château Leoville-Poyferré) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (11/7/2008)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/20/2008)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138
(Chateau Leoville Poyferre Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/26/2007)
(Ch Léoville Poyferré St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (7/31/2007)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132
(Chateau Leoville Poyferre Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2010
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré (St Julien)) A little more open than the Léoville-Barton, more expressive, full of iron-bound clay and earth, overlaid with a crisp fruit character, crunchy autumn leaves, depth and freshness intertwined. Yes, it is as enticing as I hope it sounds. The flesh on the palate has a soft and broad character, polished, not quite the fine vigour of the Barton, although there is grip and some fine acids to be found here. Very attractive, substantial and long but I think for me the Barton just edges it, even if a return for a second taste reveals a more firm and upright character than I first noted.  17.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2008
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) This has a lovely character on the nose, beautifully sweet fruit, in a very different fashion to the corresponding Barton, with a much more open, accessible style. The fruit is dense though, and on the palate it is supple, with ripe tannins showing quite dry through the midpalate, and with nice acidity too. This is good.  17+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2007
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) This has some forceful, seemingly plump, ripe, smoky fruit on the nose. It has depth. A moderate texture, attractive, a touch light on texture although there is the barest hint of cream to it at the edge. Soft, ripe tannins, attractive correct acidity. Nice, rather plump as the nose suggested, nicely put together. It feels a bit soft and modern to me, but may firm up and will please many I think.  16-17 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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