Red

1982 Château Léoville Poyferré

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 252

  • pwbest Likes this wine: 91 points

    October 6, 2019 - Nice old claret from magnum, was expecting it to be less developed, given the format but this is beginning to dry out now. I would avoid single bottle format. Drink up.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Charles HK/Tokyo Likes this wine: 92 points

    September 7, 2019 - This is a very contemplative wine. Served by friends who love and appreciate great wine, this was a wonderful and memorable experience. I shared a Gruard Larose 1982 with them just over a year ago and they loved it. This wine was totally different, but entirely delicious and thought provoking.

    First, the colour was not deep or concentrated looking. Lighter. It resembled a 1982 Chateau Meyney. No bricking, colour was very uniform.

    Second, the bouquet had a clear green capsicum aroma, followed by a bit of cedar, cigar, and old leather. Thoroughly agreeable. Again contemplative.

    Third, the taste was remarkably complex. Very mid to almost "light weight" but packed with flavour and a very long finish. You would never guess the wine would have so much length by merely looking at its appearance. Light on its feet, caressing, and inviting. Green capsicum, leather and tobacco. Perfectly resolved tannins; great balance, and just a beautiful wine to drink now and reflect on while you drink. Fruit was very tertiary.

    So vastly different to the 1982 Gruard Larose, yet so remarkably enjoyable.

    Served alongside a 2000 Prieure Lichine (my contribution), the Margaux seemed foursquare, blockish, chunky, and one-dimensional--I thought it might be ready to drink but was wrong. Wait five to eight years for the 2000 Prieure Lichine; drink the 1982 Leoville Poyferre right now and enjoy!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Purple Tooth wrote: 93 points

    August 26, 2019 - I loved this wine from the moment tasted it 20 years ago...I have memories of this wine's lightness and elegance, along with its exotic and floral character. Today, bottles from the case I bought back then are definitely showing me how old we are and the need to let go of that expectation from this wine. Though its still very alive and gains weight in the glass over time, it is lacking the punctuation of the power it once had. Could this be better for someone with less expectation? Yes... This is a perfect example and a reminder to drink your good wines when you find them to be good! Still excellent and still classy. DRINK

  • kenv Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 7, 2019 - [Dinner with Allan and Moriah from HDH at Provence. Double-decanted for 1.5 hours at 4pm.] One of my best buys ever. For over 30 years, this wine has never failed to please. It had an unpleasant smell in the decanter ("tire store"), but blossomed at the restaurant around 7pm: Sweet red and black fruit nose. Gorgeous in the mouth. Long and elegant. Plenty of life left.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • djhammond Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 7, 2019 - Bottle variance has become such an issue with 1982 wines and it is a real lottery with individual bottles irrespective of provenance. Unfortunately this did not quite hit the mark, and while very enjoyable, I have had some some wonderful experiences with this particular wine. Even so all the elements shine through with mature dark berry fruits and cedar on the nose and palate, but with the whiff of the cork on the nose, and a sourness on the finish. When I have an excellent wine from the year I am always am bullish about it having the structure to last for years. However, when I experience one like this I am inclined to start finishing off my remaining stock over the next year.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2003 (link) 18.5 points

    (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.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1982
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Léoville Poyferré
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Julien

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  • Pending Delivery 37 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,539 (60%)
  • Consumed 984 (38%)

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