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2014 Leoville Poyferre

By Chateau Leoville Poyferre

2014 Leoville Poyferre from Chateau Leoville Poyferre, St-Julien, Bordeaux

The 2014 vintage of the Bordeaux region stands as a testament to the resilience and agility of its vineyards, particularly in the St-Julien appellation. The 2014 Leoville Poyferre from Chateau Leoville Poyferre emerges from this challenging year with poise and depth, much to the interest of fine wine investors and connoisseurs alike.

 

A Vintage Hemmed by Mother Nature's Whims

The growing season of 2014 saw an amalgam of climatic hurdles - a mild winter followed by a wet summer, ultimately salvaged by an Indian summer that brought warmth and crucial sunlight. This fortuitous turn allowed for excellent ripeness levels in the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend; a cornerstone of the district's regal reds. Therein lies the hallmark of this particular expression: a spirited triumph over adversity, yielding wines with balanced acidities and ripe tannins.

 

Layers Unfolding

Upon decanting, the 2014 Leoville Poyferre reveals a bouquet brimming with cassis and black cherries, laced with subtle smoky notes - a harbinger of the complex symphony poised on one's palate. Black fruit flavours prevail, underpinned by an earthy minerality and mocha whispers, typical of the gravelly terroirs that cradle these venerable vines. A remarkable freshness persists, indicative of this vintage's precision and elegance—an emblematic character that differentiates it from both its predecessors and successors.

Seekers of fine wines with promising investment potential will note that this vintage encapsulates not only the excellence expected from Chateau Leoville Poyferre but also an alluring uniqueness framed by the year's narrative—a vintage worthy of any prestigious portfolio.

 

Connoisseur's Summary

As I reflect upon the pantheon of St-Julien offerings, the 2014 Leoville Poyferre stands out as an epitome of perseverance mirrored in each sip. It beckons collectors with its story—where harmony forged through strife consorts with fine crafting from Chateau Leoville Poyferre. A claret not merely surviving but thriving in a year where nature set a turbulent stage; it is undoubtedly one to watch for enthusiasts keen on acquiring singular narratives embodied within their cellar treasures.

Market price (GBP)

£670.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

47.86

Scores and tasting notes

93-94

No tasting note available.

James Suckling - Jamesuckling.com (04/2015)

92-95

No tasting note available.

Wine Spectator - The Wine Spectator

93

No tasting note available.

Tim Atkin - TimAtkin.com (04/2015)

93

The 2014 Leoville-Poyferre was surprisingly backward and tight on the nose (usually it is the most expressive and generous Léoville in its youth). The precision and focus is intact, but it is broody and sultry at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with firm structure, which suggests that it has turned volte face since its opulent showing in barrel. Overall, this comes across as perhaps a slightly more austere and masculine wine from Didier Cuvelier, though that is not a criticism, just an observation. I would like to see a little more persistence on the finish, but the tidings bode well for this mercurial and fascinating Léoville-Poyferre. I can see it improving with bottle age, hence the plus sign against my score.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 31 March 2017

91-93

No tasting note available.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate

16.5++

No tasting note available.

Jancis Robinson - JancisRobinson.com

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