Another massive, incredible release from this estate is the 2010 Léoville Poyferré. Based on 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and the balance Petit Verdot, its inky purple color is followed by a massive, full-bodied, incredibly concentrated 2010 that has awesome notes of pure crème de cassis, licorice, graphite, and spring flowers. As with the 2009, it has incredible depth of fruit, yet a slightly more focused, classic style, which is very much in the style of the 2010 vintage. With its new oak completely absorbed by its wealth of fruit, perfect balance, and sweet tannin, it’s a sensational, monumental effort to drink over the coming 3-4 decades.
The wine out distances both Leoville Las Cases and Leoville Barton, but all three of them are compelling efforts. Full-bodied, dense purple in color, with floral notes intermixed with blackberries, cassis, graphite and spring flowers, this full-bodied, legendary effort is long and opulent, with wonderfully abundant yet sweet tannin, a skyscraper-like mid-palate and a thrilling, nearly one-minute finish. This spectacular effort from Poyferre that should drink well for 30+ years. (RP) 98+
A wine of architectural strength and classical proportions, this has straight lines that mark the packed, concentrated fruits, which are sustained by its tannins. This is certainly the best wine that Léoville-Poyferré has produced, sumptuous while so finely structured. *Cellar Selection* (RV)
Cassis and blackberry are now in the ascendency, with slate and liquorice notes and some dried rosemary and sage herbs. One of the real rewards of following Bordeaux wine is experiencing exceptional vintages approach their drinking window. This is living up to its initial potential, it’s a broad-shouldered wine, with tannins that are still extremely present and fully in control, but they are starting to let the fruit take the lead. You couldn't be anywhere but Bordeaux with this wine. It has power, density but there’s also a pervasive freshness. Still a way to go before this is fully open and all bets are off for how long it lasts. 3% Cabernet Franc makes up the rest of the blend. (JA)
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