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Leoville Poyferre 2010 Ex-Chateau (6.0L)

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99 JD / 98+ RP / 97 DE / 96 WA / 95 JS / 94+ VM / 18 JR

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. - Jeb Dunnuck

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. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

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. – Jane Anson, Decanter

Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Leoville-Poyferre 2010 dares to challenge Jean-Hubert Delon! It has a wonderful bouquet with vibrant blackcurrant, raspberry and warm gravel scents - very well defined and very focused, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with a very pure opening, a fine line of acidity, a cashmere texture and a long silky smooth finish that is very seductive and feminine. There is a lot of panache here - utterly seductive. Tasted January 2014. Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

Wow. Very intense and aromatic nose with crushed currants and blueberries with hints of nuts and dried flowers. Full body, with very refined tannins and a lovely undercurrent of fruit. Balanced and juicy. Better in 2018. James Suckling

Good deep ruby-red. Blueberry, crushed cassis and graphite minerality on the youthfully medicinal nose. Plush, broad and deep, but with tangy acidity giving shape and lift to the dark berry and violet flavors. This spreads out to saturate every square millimeter of the palate. As dominated by its tannic structure as this is today, it's a remarkably civilized wine. Give it a decade in the cellar and then enjoy it over the following 20 years. - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media

Really opulent – concentrated and ripe and expressive. Shows off the vintage: pure, pixel-perfect fruit. As such, it has a sort of sheen that could almost use a bit of roughing around the edges, but it remains an immaculate example of the left bank in 2010. – Richard Hemming MW,

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