2014 Saint-Julien from Bordeaux
The 2014 Léoville-Poyferré displays an inky purple-tinted dense red colour with blue highlights. This wine of Chateau Leoville Poyferré releases right away an ample, fresh and scrumptious aromatic expression on black cherry, smashed blackberry and blue cedar notes. This confers it a particular balsamic character. This Saint-Julien offers a mineral almost graphite hint reminding one of the siliceous aspect of its clayey and gravelly subsoil. The attack expresses frank acidity (giving good vibrancy to the wine) that gives way to tight but very noble (ripe and well-extracted) tannins on the mid-palate. The fruity finish shows a pleasing length. There is no doubt that this Deuxieme Cru Classé is a great success and has an honourable ageing potential.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
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.