Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)

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Antonio Galloni
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Neal Martin
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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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Jancis Robinson MW
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Jane Anson
SKU
LPCS202010 UCAU
$210.00 Per item
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This is the Cuvelier family’s 100th vintage as owners here and, unsurprisingly, it will come in a commemorative bottle. There is a lot to like, especially the tannins, which are evident from the start. They support the compote notes of intensely ripe red and black fruits with gravelly textures and graphite. The tannins are immense, but never disproportionate. The fruit wins through by sheer concentration of flavour. This is a very impressive, confident expression of the vintage.
This is the Cuvelier family’s 100th vintage as owners here and, unsurprisingly, it will come in a commemorative bottle. There is a lot to like, especially the tannins, which are evident from the start. They support the compote notes of intensely ripe red and black fruits with gravelly textures and graphite. The tannins are immense, but never disproportionate. The fruit wins through by sheer concentration of flavour. This is a very impressive, confident expression of the vintage.

Scores & Reviews

97 / 100

Antonio Galloni

The 2020 Léoville-Poyferré is a powerful, structured wine. In recent vintages, Léoville-Poyferré has been more opulent, but the 2020 shows off a towering, vertical build framed by a soaring spine of tannin. Dark red cherry, pomegranate, cedar and spicebox emerge with a bit of coaxing. Ultimately, though, Léoville-Poyferré is less showy than most Saint-Juliens at this stage. I don't expect that will be much of an issue in time. In a word: magnificent. Tasted three times.

97 / 100

Neal Martin

The 2020 Léoville Poyferré builds on the success of recent vintages, offering intense yet exquisitely defined black cherries, wild strawberry, cassis and crushed stone aromas. It is high-toned as usual but not quite as hedonistic as the recently tasted 2018. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that belie the backbone of this Saint-Julien. Slightly lactic in texture toward the spicy finish; the oak will be assimilated by the time of bottling, leaving a very suave and sophisticated wine that will give 30–40 years of drinking pleasure. Easily one of the classiest offerings from this Saint-Julien in recent years.

97 / 100

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Léoville Poyferré comes bounding out of the glass like an energetic young pup, delivering exuberant scents of crushed black cherries, juicy blackberries and warm cassis, with hints of ground cloves, dark chocolate, lilacs and tilled soil. The medium to full-bodied palate is wonderfully plush, delivering bags of ripe black fruits with a seamless backbone of acidity, finishing long and spicy.

17.5+ / 20

Jancis Robinson MW

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Plot-by-plot fermentation and ageing for 18 to 20 months (still in train, as the notes explain). Here they admit they don't do the final assemblage until June. Dark crimson. Relatively voluptuous nose. Flattering initially but then with quite a charge of inky tannins underneath. Needs time. Notably dry on the finish but with good density. Rather more obviously dry and less flashy than some vintages. Very much made for the long term with a juicy, spicy undertow. Extremely youthful. Unusually, it seems drier than Léoville Barton.

96 / 100

Jane Anson

Rich and concentrated with violet reflections and a wall of tannins. Well structured, it sets its feet deep in the ground and will need time to soften and develop. Good quality with depth. The tannins are far more present than the alcohol, setting it apart from the 2018. A yield of 35hl/ha. Harvest september 14 to 30. Planted blend (not 2020) 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc.