Accessed via Coravin and gave it 20 minute in the glass. Obviously too young but just wanted to check in... The oak is still dominating a bit too much for my liking at this stage but you can tell that it will mellow and integrate nicely over the next 5-10 years. Great potential, for sure, glad I have more then a case of this. I am really curious to see where this is going but I will earmark most of this for 2025+, this will be (very) long lived. I rate it 95, where it is probably a 93 based on today's enjoyment and I'd say a potential up to 97 for the future. If you want to have a bottle of this today make sure you give it a lengthy decant, but really try and wait for another 5+ years.
Tasted by Coravin after 2 hrs of air. Predictably too young, but very promising. Strikingly big/edgy at this stage. Beautiful fruit, but not much Bordeaux nuance showing through yet. So different than the '09, which is far more subtle and integrated in this side-by-side tasting. Though I could see this one peaking much later than '09.
MW Institute 2010 Bordeaux Tasting (Sydney, Australia): Toast, coffee, spice and meaty aromas. Fruit on the palate is rich and works well with some tannins that feel in proportion to the fruit weight. This is not a wine that I would enjoy approaching now and hopefully the tannins mellow along with the fruit so it can show its potential.
Chevalier Wine Tasting (Chicago, IL): Tasting, brief note. Dense and powerful throughout with black currant, plum and cassis that shows very good fruit concentration, but with a brooding character that will need plenty of time in the cellar to soften.
Tasted right after the 2011 this unsurprisingly is playing in a different league. Fairly closed from the start with some oak influence, there is much more detail and depth to the nose, hints of spices, pure fruit. Compared to the 2009 much more elegance with darker fruit, more restrained and noble. On the palate quite tight with powerful and grippy, but ripe and polished tannins, elegant, fresh. Superbly structured with super length. Unfortunately it seemed to shut down further as the evening progressed. Way too young, but incredibly promising. 94-95+(+)
Lots of depth in this wine, satin power, perfect tannins. This creamy wine is maybe a bit more sophisticated than the Pontet-Canet but doesn't show at the moment the same muscles, but let's wait some ten years or more to compare these wines again. Loek did a perfect job at his anniversary tasting.
Deep violet youthful color, earthy, mushroom aromas. Lots of pencil lead/graphite on the palate. Uber dry tannins, and a long finish. I'm still searching for a 96 point wine that won't break the bank. This is over oaked and overpriced.
Tasted at a Leoville-Poyferre tasting. Opened less than an hour before tasting. Very dark purple. Wonderful, balanced aroma of fruit and oak. Great flavor, complexity, and finish. Tannins need time, at least five years and probably ten to integrate. Should be a wonderful wine probably exceeding 95 when ready.
Starting to tighten up, there is no doubting the incredible quality of this wine, with all its power, ripe fruit, silky tannins and charm, but it really wants cellaring time before it once again displays all it has to offer. I'd give it a decade.
I didn't think that I would refer to a $150 bottle of wine as "value", but in this case, in light of the prices and the comparison of this wine tasted alongside first growth legends from the same vintage, its a bargain!
Tobacco and fresh ground coffee nose, along with bright, ripe fruit and a powerful, yet elegant dry finish.
Bordeaux 2009 vs. 2010 - Check in on 50 well known Chateaux: Dark purple. Reserved nose of red fruit, cedar wood, spices, quite elegant reminiscent of Lafite. Not nearly as blue-fruit-brooding like Latour or Montrose for example. On the palate medium bodied and completely closed. Tannins are very soft though. This needs time but will for sure be a benchmark St.Julen. Will it beat the 2009 or the awesome 2010 Leo Barton? We will see. 96+ (Group Score 96.3/RP98)
Smoke, licorice, wet earth, forest floor, black cherry, blackberry and truffle aromas grab you and keep you going back for another sniff. On the palate, there is not a single hard edge to be found. Soft, silky, refined and polished, there is a beautiful sense of symmetry. The finish ends with layers of sweet, ripe, black and dark red fruits. This continues to show better with each tasting.
Opaque purple,blue and black; deep open nose of blueberries, figs, a little flowery freshness and a hint of Far East spices; palate searing tannins in evidence from start to finish but screaming out over the pervasive tannins comes an impossibly concentrated crystalline blueberry essence that kept me coming back over the next 48 hrs despite the bruising. Once these tannins polymerize a bit and a little touch of oxidation sets in this wine seems poised to provide mountains of drinking pleasure for the long haul.
Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Tasting in Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France): Pitch black. Nose is intense and full of dark fruit. Palate is full bodied with both tannins and acidity being quite high. The dark fruit is coming through in significant amounts and it is very long. I would not drink for another 5 years. It has strong potential to improve over time. 3/4 = Very good to outstanding
Heart's Delight 2010 Bordeaux Tasting (Sofitel): Pitch-black fruit complexion. This feels very slender and svelte on the entry and then some kind of tannin hand-grenade went off. Nice to be able to discern its shape through the structure and impressive how it manages to carry all that muscle without either drying out or fattening up, but this'll need some time.
Tasted at Bordeaux 2010 Arrivage Tasting tonight. An absolute show-stopper! Opulent nose of blackberries, black currant, some red fruits, some sweet oak, flowers, some tobacco and graphite. Huge body but with incredible elegance, finesse and complexity. There are tons of sweet tannins and enough acidity to add freshness. Overall a stunning balance and an incredible length. It's absolutely irresistible now, but it might soon close down for a few years. This is an out-of-this-world Léoville-Poyferré!
UGC Tasting. Wonderfully fresh and bright red fruit, coffee and chocolate on the nose. Equally bright with juicy red fruit on the palate. Very forward. Lush. More coffee and some earth. Long, mouthfilling finish.
Inky in color, with explosive notes of licorice, smoke, jam, black and blue fruit, fresh brewed espresso and earth, the wine is dense. Packed with ripe, polished, fruits, sweet tannins, and enough freshness to give this life, the wine expands on the palate with a blast of juicy, ripe, lush, sweet berries. Not quite at the level of the stunning 2009, but this blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc is close. This stunning wine should age and evolve for decades.
61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Of all the Poyferre wines I've had, only the 2000 was better. I did not like the 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003 or 2005 as much. A dark and powerful effort. Notes of licorice, tar and cherry cough syrup. Sweet tannins. 93-95 points.
Bar a Vin 2010 Bordeaux Tasting (Tower Club, Republic Plaza, Singapore): A really solid wine - this was my favourite of the small line-up of 2010 Bordeaux by some distance. The nose was very in keeping with the Poyferres in modern vintages - very deep, ripe, with pure aromas of cassis and black plums, and just the smallest undercurrants of earth, meat and spice. Those secondary notes will no doubt bloom with time, but the bouquet was still mostly about plush black fruit aromas. It was rather surprising then that the palate offered quite a bit more complexity than the nose would suggest. Ripe cassis and plums were there in abundance too, but these were wed to interesting naunces of roasted capsicum, smoky ash, and a nice twist of spice. Solid acidity, and fine, grippy tannins lent structure and elegance to the wine in spite of its size and power. This was very impressive indeed, showing as a really complete package all the way into a long, effortlessly powerful finish blessed with an abundance of fresh black fruit. Such was the plush, velvety quality of the wine that I have a feeling this will drink well throughout its life, but I would really lay it aside for at least 15 years for best effect.
On the modern side with sappy, supple fruit and fine-grained tannins. Mocha, espresso, cassis, dark berry. Dark and structured, but elegant and complex. One of the most openly appealing wines at UGC - having both massive concentration of fruit and substantial tannin.
UGC Chicago (The Drake Hotel - Chicago, IL): Seems to have the volume turned up to a 14. Nose was aggressively dark and modern. Just tons of oak, alcohol and dark fruits, and it's a turnoff. The palate had more going on for it. Definitely structured, firm and dark...there was a really youthful sense to this. Other wines at UGC just seemed off-balanced, while this just seemed young. Dunno if my instincts are right here, but my history with Poyferré is pushing me to withhold judgment.
Union des Grands Crus 2010 Bordeaux Tasting (Palace Hotel - San Francisco): Fantastic nose with endless depth, showing tons of graphite and cedar, along with rich red cherry, cassis, and fresh mint. Plenty more lead pencil on the palate along with ripe red cherries, cigar leaf, leather, and cassis. There’s a nice core of rich yet not over the top fruit, with firm acidity and great balance. I’m a big fan of LP and this does not disappoint. Delicious. Fantastic+
This is a completely different style than the Léoville Barton. Much more modern. Loaded with ripe dark forest fruits and luxurious oak. On the palate very luxurious and ripe dark fruits as well. Concentrated and soft juice with a good backbone. Round, but powerful tannin, good acidity and also a firm amount of sweetness. A lush and luxurious wine. I wonder if this will close down or will be friendly from start to finish….around 2030+?
A very nice and powerful aroma that feels a bit perfume like. The wine is very coarse and highly concentrated. The blackberries are almost in gelé form and I think that some years in the cellar will really make this wine shine.
Blending 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc produced a St. Julien wine that offered earth, caramel, coffee and dark berry liqueur aromas. This powerful, tannic, rich, pure, intense wine combines freshness with opulence, due to the high 14% alcohol and low pH levels. Over the last two months, the wine has fleshed out, becoming better integrated and rounder. Full bodied and tannic, this will require several years of bottle age before it begins to mature. The wine was released at 85 Euros, which was more expensive than the 2009. 95-96 Pts
Bordeaux Trip, 4 days, 1st and 2nd Growths; 6/14/2011-6/17/2011 (Bordeaux): Dark purple/black color. 61% CS, 30% M, 3% CF, 6% PV. Barrel sample. Drank over 45 minutes. outstanding concentration and depth. What a nose, open and lush, creme de cassis, Black raspberry, lovely florals, some smokiness, cedar, and chocolate. The wine looks huge, and to a point it is, but there is silkiness on the palate that coats the mouth, sweet round tannins power this but do not overwhelm. Long lush finish. Great wine, 95-97+pts.
Dark glossy purple colour. The aromas are light and floral; dominated by a lovely violet note. Bright and fresh with simple black fruits and a touch of toast. Very light in style; lacks a bit of depth of flavour for me.
Leoville Poyferre From an assemblage of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, along with 3% Cabernet Franc, this wine reached 14% alcohol. Even at this degree of alcohol, there is no feeling of heat. Smoke, earth, jammy dark berries and cassis scents produce the aromatics. This fresh, chocolate covered cassis filled wine is big and almost brawny in style. Its beefy tannins and low pH combine freshness and power which are made better by the long cassis filled, powerful finish. According to Didier Cuvelier, 2010 reminds him of 2005. I see his point. B ut for me, 2010 is more powerful, while 2005 offers more elegance and charm.93-96 Pts
Different fruit character here to the Barton - perhaps more muscular but still shows beautiful defnition; pure and fresh and quite supple on the palate. Nice fruit on the finish though then tannins stick out a little. 91-94