Red

2016 Château Léoville Poyferré

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 30

  • Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 6, 2019 - Nothing subtle about this one. Bordeaux in boldface. Opens with a big blast of cedary aromatics that at first seems to lend it sort of a Pauillac-like personality, but at this level of intensity obviously the barrels are doing a lot of the heavy lifting. While the tannin keeps the wine taut and muscular for the first couple of sips, it doesn't take long before something snaps and it becomes characterized instead by extreme generosity. It's weighty and expansive and a big mouthful of stuff on the palate with the cedar, gravel, and metallic ore swirling around and all cranked up to 11. The focus is on these secondary elements rather than the fruit, or at least they seem to be infusing the fruit rather than being layered on top of it as it all still has a crimson, dried-cherry cast. Despite all this it's not seared with toast to the point of turning into bitter coffee grounds like some of the more extreme Rollandized vintages from 10 or 15 years ago, but it's definitely on the slutty side and with some more time even those initially muscular tannins manage to turn fluffy and plush.

    15 people found this helpful Comments (3)
  • Jeff Leve wrote: 97 points

    September 21, 2019 - Still young, as you would expect, you find espresso, wet earth, smoke, licorice and dark red fruits on the nose. The wine is full-bodied, rich, polished, silky, voluminous and fresh. The wine is generous to a fault delivering layer after layer of deep, dark, ripe, luscious fruit. This is a tribute to Didier Culvier, because this is his last vintage as he retired in 2018. And it is one of his best!

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • jmoon Likes this wine: 98 points

    August 29, 2019 - Double decant 10 hours prior.
    Absolutely stunning purity and depth with an ethereal beguiling finish. Clean fresh and pure left bank lusciousness.
    Best LP I’ve ever had... but the slow ox was crucial.

    5 people found this helpful Comments (3)
  • BradA Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 1, 2019 - This is a seriously interesting wine. Really suave, full bodied and rich. The nose and mid palate scream Cali in he first 30 minutes. Is this Dominus or Screaming Eagle? No, it calms down a notch and shows more finesse after the first hour. While really easy to drink now, park them and enjoy in ten.

    4 people found this helpful Comments (1)
  • curtr Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 20, 2019 - Great intensity with the components to be amazing wine in 10-15 years.

    3 people found this helpful Comments (1)
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    Bordeaux 2016: Firing On All Cylinders, 2/28/2019 (link)

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    2016 Bordeaux: It’s Now or Never, Baby (Apr 2017), 4/17/2017 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • 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
  • UPC Codes 3760181350888, 3760181351205

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1,509 (37%)
  • In Cellars 2,514 (62%)
  • Consumed 60 (1%)

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