2009 Chateau Leoville Poyferre (Case of Twelve OWC)

Year: 2009
Appellation: Saint-Julien
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 100
Vinous Media: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 93-95
Jeff Leve: 96-98
James Suckling: 96
Red Wine
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$3,600.00
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"Solid notes of steeped black currant, ganache-coated fig and plum eau de vie pump along in this very dark red, but with well- integrated structure. Long and winey through the finish, with the grip extending everything. Best from 2016 through 2026." (WS)

"One of the more flamboyant and sumptuous wines of the vintage, this inky/purple-colored St.-Julien reveals thrilling levels of opulence, richness and aromatic pleasures. A soaring bouquet of creme de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers is followed by a super-concentrated wine with silky tannins, stunning amounts of glycerin, a voluptuous, multilayered mouthfeel and nearly 14% natural alcohol. Displaying fabulous definition for such a big, plump, massive, concentrated effort, I suspect the tannin levels are high even though they are largely concealed by lavish amounts of fruit, glycerin and extract. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040." (WA)

"(a blend of 62.5% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 2.5% cabernet franc): Bright medium ruby. Classic Saint-Julien aromas of cassis, licorice, tar, minerals and dark chocolate. Lush, sweet and powerful, with a superb glyceral texture to the dark berry and dark chocolate flavors. Huge wine but not at all heavy. The extremely long, echoing finish features utterly noble tannins that saturate the front teeth. Offers a show-stopping combination of sweetness and structure. Built for three decades of life in bottle." (IWC)

"Firm, but solid, densely packed with tannins, new wood and a fine concentrated texture. It is big, but balanced, the only default being a high toast element." (WE)

"2009 Leoville Poyferre, according to Didier Cuvelier, owes some the quality for 2009 to changes at the winery. To obtain more precision in the vinification, Didier exchanged 20 200 hectoliter vats for 40 stainless steel vats ranging in size from 40 HE to 160 HE. The wine is black with purple tints, and it springs forth with potent aromatics of blackberry, black raspberry, cassis, licorice, sweet oak, and minerals. The wine is fat, rich, sweet, and sexy, with a plush mouth feel that ends with long, pure, spicy black fruit notes. Didier compares 2009 with his 1982." (JL)

"Gorgeous aromas of blueberries and blackberries, with flowers and minerals. Full body, with silky tannins and a bright acidity on the finish. Tangy and chewy. Muscular. Try in 2018." (JS)