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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 138 
ProducerChâteau Léoville Poyferré (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)087000341951

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2024 (based on 77 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Poyferre on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 157 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by wpiers on 7/28/2015 & rated 92 points: Brought to River Cafe yyc. Classic bordeux nose, long finish. Still young. (430 views)
 Tasted by Francophile1 on 7/12/2015 & rated 91 points: Starting to hit its maturity window, though I'd prefer it to age 2-3 more years. Decanted for 2 hours. A pretty wine with good structure... More feminine that I was expecting, but delicious none the less. Black fruit, lavinder, touch of licorice with grainy tannins that should smooth out with age. Secondary characteristics starting to come through with tobacco, cedar, and burnt embers. (902 views)
 Tasted by Poussin on 4/17/2015: This needed two hours in the decanter before it was even approachable...I had a tentative sip after 30 mins and the phenolics were overwhelming. It has a serious claret nose of maraschino, blackberry, leather, graphite and maybe a little smoke. The palate shows pleasing fruit with lifting acidity, a hit of oak and some vanilla on the finish. Tannins are initially robust and crunchy, becoming silkier as they relax their grip over time. This will keep for sure, but with an adequate decant it's drinking okay now. (2306 views)
 Tasted by Claret & CdP Gang on 4/12/2015 & rated 93 points: Color: dark red
Nose: after 2 hours it has a slight green nose but overall a good primary ripe fruit nose
Palate: silky tannins, superb balance
Rating: 93 (2142 views)
 Tasted by jonanator on 4/12/2015: Decanted for about 30mins before drinking and this didn't show much for me. May have been a bad bottle since this didn't seem to be anything like previous bottles. Felt very muted and closed, so maybe it was just in a slumbering state. (2303 views)
 Tasted by ScottPreston on 3/31/2015 & rated 95 points: For the vintage this wine is absolutely fantastic. Still has a decade of enjoyment in front of it. Stellar balance. Nose emits charcoal, tar, dark fruits. Took about an hour to start to open. (2538 views)
 Tasted by riskun on 3/21/2015 & rated 92 points: Slight decant. Fairly wooden nose. Entry is also wooden with a fairly dark fruit. Nice mid-mouth with the wooden board dominating the finish. Tannins fine. This needs more time and a nice decant. Fine wine but a bit rustic still. (2221 views)
 Tasted by grossie on 2/24/2015 & rated 90 points: Really nice medium bodied claret, albeit a little simple overall. I'm not sure it's getting too much better than this, I don't think there's a monster hiding in there. (1914 views)
 Tasted by drfloyd on 1/18/2015 & rated 90 points: Much better on second day - it was pretty tight and primary on day one. Day two the oak blows off (mostly) and reveals a great nose of red fruits, minerals, smoke (bacon fat?), herbs, etc. Lots of tannic power and great acidity which give the wine a decent punch. Its solid but didn't love it here - I really think it needs another five or 10 years and considering the structure, it will be no problem... (2417 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 1/17/2015 & rated 90 points: From a 375. Deep ruby-purple color with little to no bricking, youthful; nose has excellent intensity with vanilla, black fruit, slight cigar box, possibly slight green bell pepper underneath; palate is full bodied, still moderately firm tannins throughout, at first the acidity and freshness hits, carries the palate through the midpalate and finish, black fruit density more upfront but carries through the end; finish is medium length. Overall an excellent riper hedonistic but still recognizably left bank bordeaux with good complexity, still very young even from half bottle, and fits with Leoville Poyferre's style of high quality but easy drinking (ie: not cerebral, more just enjoyable) and more modern than the other Leovilles (Barton and Las Cases). 90-91+ but don't try another half for 5 years minimum, more likely 10 years would be better.
Update: 30 minutes air - Now showing a little bit of minerality on the nose more characteristic of classic St. Julien. (2324 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 1/4/2015 & rated 92 points: With a developed color, forest floor, strawberry jam, truffle and cigar box aromas, the wine really serves up a nice, plummy, sweet, soft and round sensation that is ready to start being opened and enjoyed. (3018 views)
 Tasted by BenBlu on 12/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Decanted for 2 hours. Beautiful promising nose of tobacco leaf, saddle leather, cigar box, a bit of eucalyptus and liquorice. On the palate very deep cherry and blueberry. Excellent wine. I would say on the nose a bit better then on the palate. In general I am a fan of the 2004s St Julians and St Estephes, in my book the vintage makes for great drinking and is better then its reputation. In comparison with the 2004 St Pierre I had recently the LP has to take a back seat though. Reflecting on my red wines in 2014 I have to say that the Saint Pierre 04 was my top experience as it was quite an unexpected over achievement. Happy New Year to you all! (2247 views)
 Tasted by ilee on 12/31/2014 & rated 93 points: NYE just mucking around the house with VK, PH, JH and Mrs L (Kashi Lodge, Niseko, Japan): I've had plenty of this wine in the past year and it has never disappointed. Fruity and complex, with a dark brooding mineral character and slightly creamy edge, this is a classic LP from a very drinkable vintage that is unfortunately sandwiched between two headline-grabbing Bordeaux years -- hence offering terrific value for us drinkers. (2189 views)
 Tasted by wconnolly on 12/27/2014 & rated 88 points: I have been disappointed with the 2004 Bordeaux but this was pretty tasty. 2004 was supposed to be approachable early but I have yet to be impressed. This was medium garnet and opaque in color. Had a pretty nice floral nose. Lots of mocha, chocolate and tobacco on the palate. A decent offering but lacking in complexity. (1745 views)
 Tasted by Enfantterrible on 11/17/2014 & rated 91 points: ilee's note below pretty much captures it for me. a nice wine entering its drinking window. this bottle was decanted for about two hours. I'll save my last three bottles for 2017 or thereabouts... (2708 views)
 Tasted by ilee on 11/5/2014 & rated 93 points: Delicious black fruit bouquet with notes of tobacco and tar, this wine is still young but very enjoyable. Plush and expressive on the palate, with a respectably long finish, this is definitely one of Chateau LP's better efforts in the last decade. (2837 views)
 Tasted by slaughterer on 11/3/2014 & rated 89 points: Very strange young showing. Bitter and closed with dark masses of tannin hitting the lower palate like a block of granite. After about 3 hours decanting, the texture loosens up and becomes more velvety. The fruit is primarily concentrated, sweet blackberry (so sweet it is almost like candy, like Pixie Stix when drawing air), bitter tea leaves, Asian spices, some blueberry, darker wood spice, tobacco, cassis. Very dry and reserved, with a somewhat hollow mid-palate that yields an unpleasant aftertaste of, again, overly sweet candied blackberry and bitter tannin. I would say this really needs 2-3 years more. (2777 views)
 Tasted by jmoon on 9/29/2014 & rated 93 points: Fantastic after a 2-3 hr decant... Tight on opening so pls give her air (3348 views)
 Tasted by alion on 9/14/2014 & rated 88 points: Not quite ready. Bitter and un-giving on opening but 3 hours air - in glass - and beautiful, concentrated, spicy dark mahogany and cassis nose. Palate, though, reflects the vintage - fresh, hints of blackcurrant fruit, tobacco / woody spice, plenty of tannic bite but a bit disjointed and overly dry / austere. Prefer the 2002. Give it a couple of years. 88 for now. (3327 views)
 Tasted by Lord Rayas on 9/5/2014 & rated 93 points: perfumed and open knit. drinking beautifully now. (3284 views)
 Tasted by mchiew on 9/2/2014 & rated 92 points: breathed in the bottle for 3 hrs and decanted for another 1 hr.

nose of barnyard, tea leave, and mineral.

smooth and long finishing with slight edgy acidity. may need a few more years in bottle.

as compared to the last bottle i drank 2 yrs+ ago, i noticed the significantly diminished aroma, which impressed me a lot when i first tasted the bottle 2 yrs ago. (2909 views)
 Tasted by grossie on 7/26/2014: Beautiful rich powerful wine, no hard edges. 10 left, wish I had another case! (3591 views)
 Tasted by grossie on 7/23/2014 & rated 92 points: Drinking really well. Not harsh in any way. Very powerful, terrific wine. Could probably be more complex, but there's a lot to like in here. (3315 views)
 Tasted by ilee on 5/17/2014 & rated 93 points: Opened this at home with Mrs L after we polished off a 1964 Ch Canon and still felt thirsty... What a difference 40 years makes! Big, black thick and oily is what I registered in the initial few seconds, though after my taste buds readjusted somewhat (and the wine had a chance to catch a breath) the more subtle ash, mineral and crushed leaves notes started to creep in. But still quite big and black; the dark berries very fresh and primary, though the tannins are just beginning to soften ever so slightly. This wine can easily last 20 years I think... (4093 views)
 Tasted by NostraBacchus on 5/16/2014 & rated 94 points: Tasted @ big Bordeaux tasting in Zurich. Often one my favorites, Léoville Poyferré hit a homerun in this difficult vintage. Amazing aromatics of flowers, dark fruit (cassis/black currant, dark cherries), roasted coffee, toast and some licorice. It's medium-full bodied and dense, with medium-high acidity and medium+ tannin that is very silky. Great length. A very beautiful classic Bordeaux with a lot of freshness and beautiful flavors. (4649 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/25/2014)
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Vinous, May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132
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Vinous, May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2008
(Chateau Léoville-Poyferré St Julien) Darker in character, and more exotic than the Léoville-Barton on the nose, although it still seems quite tightly packed together, with restrained and dark fruit closely intertwined with smoky, exotic aromas. It starts off very gentle and composed on the palate, before opening out to show some ripe peppery tannins, firm acidity and a nice, vinous style. This has good substance, plenty of grip in the mouth, and a firm, meaty finish. This is very nicely held together, and overall is very good indeed.  17.5+ points
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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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