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  • Bordeaux 2010 - 10 Years - 61 Reds: Bordeaux 2010 after 10 years. 61 reds, mostly big names, tasted blind. Average score 92.1 and lower than the more open and charming 2009 vintage last year (93.4). A few observations: A) It’s not yet the harmonious, complex, classic, clean vintage. Especially the masculine appellations of the left bank need at least 5 more years to just open up, potentially longer to soften. B) Left bank trumps right bank thanks to less detectable alcohol, cleaner lines and the two best wines of the vintage (Mouton, Margaux). C) Pomerol shines bright with many strong wines which can all mask the high alcohol levels (best AOC slightly ahead of Pauillac). D) As in 2009, there are several right banks already past peak, incl. big names (Duffau Lagarosse, Ausone). All in all, 2010 is a very good vintage with pockets of greatness but today 2009 shows more open and hence complex. More information, top and worst 10 list, appellation rankings from five participants in the story link.

    TN: Muted nose, not showing much. Dark, dense, ripe on the palate, not as aristocratic as the other St. Juliens, much more concentrated and even slightly alcoholic. The odd-one out but with nice fruit and mineral notes, medium+ precision and good length. My guess is that with a lot of air this could be already open for business.

    Decanting: Give it at least 6 hours in the decanter.

    Group average: 91.0
    Group rank: number 47 out of 61 wines

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  • Grand Bordeaux 2010 ten years on tasting; 6/21/2020-6/22/2020 (Fribourg): Big Bordeaux 2010 2-day horizontal hosted by a private collector. My 3 main takeaways from the vintage were 1) more frequent perception of heat, 2) a slightly stronger left bank and a less consistent right bank, 3) while in general it is still too early to pop the 2010s, wine selection is key as some appear to be in decline already, especially on the right bank. The top wines were Mouton (99), Margaux (98) and VCC (98). The biggest positive surprise was Clos Manou (95). Biggest disappointment was Pape Clement (86). More details and complete tasting overview included in the tasting story.

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    A rather intense nose of ripe cherry and raspberry, but hard to find much beyond a lot of extraction. A very fruit focused palate results with mouth-coating tannin. In short: muscular but lacking refinement. For me personally Poyferré tends to be the weakest of the 3 Léoville's although I have to admit the 2018 barrel sample was quite amazing!

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  • After reading previous posters notes, decanted for 4 hours. Reticent nose at first that became richer over time. On the palate this smooth, silky wine shows layer after layer of rich, concentrated fruit. Cassis, graphite, licorice. loads of black and blue fruits and some quality oak. The quality of the ripe fruit is obvious and the wine has a silkiness that isn't common. As others have noted, this is still very young and has a long way to go, but seems like there will be nothing but upside. I prefer this to the '09 even at this stage. Good stuff.

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  • Keyed in extra btl.

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  • Enjoyed from cellar after brief decanting with Lou Malnattis deep dish sausage pizza. Smooth finish.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2013, IWC Issue #169, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Chateau Leoville Poyferre Saint-Julien) Login and sign up and see review text.

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  • By Ian D'Agata
    May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Chateau Leoville Poyferre Saint Julien) Login and sign up and see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2013, (See more on 93 points

    (Château Léoville Poyferré) Opaque purple red violet color; very appealing, mocha, tart black currant, cedar nose; appealing, mocha, tart black currant, cedar palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish (61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc)


  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18-19 points

    (Chateau Léoville-Poyferré (St Julien)) The assemblage here is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the pH 3.7, and the alcohol comes in at 14%. Léoville-Poyferré, by comparison with Léoville-Barton, has a slightly less dense, more vibrant crimson hue. There is though a denser style to the fruit here, more damson and cherry, dusted with sweet icing sugar; I suspect this reflects the 30% Merlot. The palate is amazing though, showing a very relaxed and elegant start, with an almost juicy feel as it sits in a very open and relaxed style, underpinned by firm grainy tannins and very subtle, tingling acidity. This is very fine in its composition. Again, silky is the word here. Very fine indeed.

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