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2009 Château Leoville-Poyferre

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Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

100Robert M. Parker Jr.

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.... ...super-concentrated... ...fabulous definition...

95Stephen Tanzer

..aromas of cassis, licorice, tar, minerals and dark chocolate. Lush, sweet and powerful, with a superb glyceral texture to the dark berry & dark chocolate flavors. Huge wine but not at all heavy. The extremely long, echoing finish..

95+ James Suckling

On the nose there’s an explosion of pure fruit from blackberries to currants, and vanilla too...Full and dense with chewy tannins. Big and rich, but very balanced.

93Wine Spectator

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.

17.5Jancis Robinson

...A bit of oak. Very much in the modern idiom. Chunkier than it tasted at the recent UGC tasting in London with a drying finish.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Julien

Saint-Julien is the smallest of the four main Médoc appellations with 2,175 acres of vineyards. It is just south of Pauillac on the left bank of the Gironde, and although it has no First Growth châteaux, its 11 Classified Growth estates are widely admired. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that winemaking in Saint-Julien from all classifications “is consistently both distinctive and brilliant.” He adds it is Médoc’s “most underrated commune.” The best-known estates are Léoville Las Cases, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Poyferré, Léoville Barton and Gruaud Larose, and most of those have riverside estates. The soil in this appellation is gravelly with clay. Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape grown, and it is blended with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and sometimes small amounts of Petit Verdot.