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    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends - St-Julien, Bordeaux, France

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    • W&S95
    • WE94
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 95 Wine & Spirits, 94 Wine Enthusiast, 93 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar, 92 Wine Spectator

    Region: St-Julien, Bordeaux, France

    Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Item no. 100785

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Elegant, refined, complex and well-balanced wine. Intense color and velvety texture. They are excellent keeping wines.

    Critical Acclaim:

    This wine's heady rush of flavor gave one taster goosebumps. She called it sexy. "Formidable." Other technical descriptions included "the shazam," "has zazz," and "unprintable. That's some serious s#¡†." At the en primeur tastings, this ap­peared to be chunky and superripe. Now it's massive, with dark extract and exotic spice, a sophisticated wine that ends on sweetness, bitter chocolate and dark berry fruit. With all the flash, it will give a lot of pleasure as a young wine, but it has the plump Poyferré terroir drive to sustain that pleasure for years to come.

    95 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    Hugely concentrated and packed with tannins, this wine shows considerable amounts of dark, extracted fruit. It wins out on impressive power, driving the fruit through the tannins, giving great richness.

    94 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Although I still prefer the 2003, the 2005 Leoville Poyferre is a gorgeously opulent, approachable wine that is far less massive and austere than its two siblings. The most seductive, approachable, and charming of the three Leovilles, it exhibits a dense purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of mocha, black chocolate, creme de cassis, licorice, and toasty oak. Full-bodied with gorgeous upfront fruit in addition to impressive levels of melted, well-integrated tannin, it should be at its finest between 2015-2035.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Saturated ruby-red. Deeply pitched aromas of black cherry, currant and coffee. Sweet, silky and full, but with lovely ripe acidity to frame the dense black fruit, mocha and mineral flavors. Showing a glossy aspect to its fruit that is exhilarating, even if this deep, fairly tannic wine is a bit sullen at present, despite showing excellent back-end breadth. This is a full 13.5% alcohol; the petit verdot component reached 14.5% potential alcohol in 2005, said Cuvelier, who describes 2005 as "a year of sun but not surmaturite.

    93 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    Dark ruby red in color, with aromas of currant, blackberry, toasty oak and light cappuccino. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a beautiful, caressing aftertaste. Touches every part of the palate. Outstanding, but slightly disappointing after such a great showing from barrel. Best after 2009. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 18,915 cases made.

    92 Points
    Wine Spectator

    This nicely filled wine is fairly forthright in its ripeness and comes just a bit closer to the Californian model as far as flesh and fat are concerned. After a very rich start, it firms up and tightens a touch in the latter going, and ample tannins arrive to provide the right structural grip to its nicely sustained finish.

    92 Points
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