Once part of the Léoville estates (including Léoville Barton and Léoville Las Cases), Château Léoville Poyferré is considered as one of St Julien’s finest estate. They harvest later in order to achieve phenolic ripeness and they have increased the proportion of new oak during the maturation process.
Good intensity of black fruits and dark cherry fruits alongside chocolate and herbal aromas. Good complexity on the palate and lighter style than other vintages.
The spectacular 2003 Leoville Poyferre exhibits a dense purple color with a touch of lightening at the edge as well as notes of creosote, barbecue smoke, jammy black currants, licorice and spice box. This intense, voluptuously textured, full-bodied St.-Julien possesses low acidity and ripe tannin. Still fresh and exuberant, it is just entering its plateau of full maturity where it should remain for 10-15+ years. Drink 2014-2029- 94 pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
After years of work by managing director Didier Cuvelier and the help of enologist Michel Rolland, the estate produced its highest scoring wine ever in 2003. Cuvelier worked diligently, rebuilding his chai, increasing the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in his blend and upping the quotient of new oak. The 2003 is the payoff.- 95 pts WineSpectator.com (Top 100)