September 18, 2020
IWM Is Proudly Revisiting “The Most St.-Julien of the Léovilles" with a Fifteen-Year-Old 2nd Growth That Wowed Us – Delivered with Rare Value and Perfect Provenance.
"I have tasted enough wines from 2005, 2009 and 2010 to realize that these may be the three greatest Bordeaux vintages I have tasted in my career…[Léoville-Poyferré] is the most St.-Julien of the Léovilles.” - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Mr. Parker is correct on his note here, there is something magical about the sacred grounds of Saint-Julien and Château Léoville-Poyferré that elevates the wines of this fabled 2nd Growth. True to its terroir and region, it is “most St.-Julien of the Léovilles.” And while the eyes of many claret enthusiasts and collectors remain on the highly-anticipated autumn arrivals from the 2016 and 2018 vintages, as well as, the back vintages of 2009 and 2010, Italian Wine Merchants has taken a step back! In fact, the wine that captivated us most recently from this fabled estate was not just the 2016 or 2018 Léoville-Poyferré, it was revisiting the fifteen-year-old 2005 release direct from Bordeaux.
The IWM team is always looking for that aged Bordeaux that impresses today and is delivered with relative value. Not only did we taste through other vintages from this Chateau, we tasted through several 2005s, and the wine that surprised us most for its immediate appeal was the standout and ready-to-drink 2005 Léoville-Poyferré. It is a wine that you can open now instead of staring at it in the cellar. Enamored by the wine and its value, we enthusiastically requested a quantity of this cellar gem to be delivered in mint condition. What really separates these bottles featured today is provenance. There are not too many merchants where you will find a 2nd Growth with 15 years of age and perfect provenance and is absolutely stunning at this price. Sure, there is mature Léoville-Poyferré on the market – but is it direct from Bordeaux, delivered this year in pristine condition?
If that was not enough, we are including a few more cases of the dynamic duo from 2009 and 2010. In helping to understand the importance of these releases, we believe it is worth sharing the strong words from Mr. Parker, especially in describing the 2010 Léoville Poyferré, “one of the prodigious wines of the vintage…out distances both Léoville Las Cases and Léoville Barton.” Whether this strong statement is accurate or not, what is important here is the more immediate appeal to the siblings of Las Cases and Barton – and that certainly is one of the reasons to purchase Poyferré.
Years later, the trade and the critics are echoing these early comments from Parker. In fact, Jeb Dunnuck just recently made similar statements, “The greatest wine I’ve ever tasted from this address is the 2009 Léoville Poyferré, which is a step up over both the 2000 and the 2010…Drink it anytime over the coming three decades.” Regardless of the points, at this pricing, pedigree, and provenance, they are truly one of the greatest values in Bordeaux and we jumped on the opportunity of grabbing these. The even better news is the 2005, 2009, and 2010 and are arriving tariff-free!
Featured Wine: Léoville Poyferré – Direct from Bordeaux with Age and Unrivalled Provenance.
- IWM Must Buy Pick -95NM//95De
Having visited Bordeaux over past six years of en primeur, undoubtedly a favorite stop along the D2 or Route de Châteaux in any vintage is the Léoville trio, whether it be Las Cases, Barton, or Poyferré – they are simply a piece of claret history. And while many collectors are quick to gravitate to the neighboring Léoville Las Cases, the most structured and Pauillac-like of the trio, it is the Léoville Poyferré that has been described as the “quintessence of St.-Julien in its balance and its finesse” or “the most St.-Julien of the Léovilles” from Clive Coates and Robert Parker, which appeals to us today. What we appreciate about Poyferré is the incredible accessibility and elegance it can often provide over its siblings, Barton and Las Cases, especially in standout vintages – and that begins with the 2005 delivered with some of the best pricing in the country.
Reviews and Descriptions:
2005 Chateau Léoville Poyferré
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Tasted with the IWM team just this past week. We gave it the IWM litmus test, checking in on the wine over six hours to see when this wine showed best. This is a wine that critics need to revisit and spend time with, and not just taste quickly standing up to publish a review. While many 2005s remain stubborn, this 2005 came screaming out at the two-hour decant and continued to impress. It is one of those wines where the nose alone is worth the price of admission. It grabs you by the nostrils and takes you to the Saint Julien with one whiff. It is a rich and friendly style, especially in comparison to the siblings of Leoville Las Cases and Leoville Barton. You can expect to find nuances of black fruit, plums, wild berries, crème de cassis, saddle leather, cured meats, and grilled herbs. It is certainly one of those Saint Julien's that leans towards Margaux in style, whereas Las Cases heads more towards Pauillac. It is generous, stylish, silky, even bordering on exotic, but remains incredibly lights on its feet and represents classic Bordeaux well. It is a wine that you can open now instead of staring at it. The fact that this has perfect provenance, and 15 years of age, and is $100 less than the 100 point 2009, it is a MUST buy for those looking for Bordeaux to enjoy today.” - Sept. 2020
95 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate: “The Château Léoville-Poyferré 2005 has a rich and opulent bouquet with lavish ripe black cherries and wild strawberry, just a touch of licorice rendering it even more extravagant. The palate is full-bodied with ripe, rounded tannin, touches of licorices and glycerin on the mid-palate with savory notes flourishing towards the finish. This is almost a brash, hubristic Saint Julien, one for those who prefer a more opulent style of Bordeaux while maintaining complexity. Chapeau Didier Cuvelier. Drink 2020-2050.”
2009 Chateau Léoville Poyferré
100 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: “The greatest wine I’ve ever tasted from this address is the 2009 Léoville Poyferré, which is a step up over both the 2000 and the 2010. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and the balance Cabernet Franc that hit 13.9% alcohol, it offers everything you could ask of a wine and reveals a saturated purple color as well as incredible notes of crème de cassis, blueberries, lead pencil, exotic Spices, and dried flowers. Incredibly full-bodied, super concentrated, deep, and opulent, yet still pure, fresh, and lively, it has sweet tannin and a hedonistic vibe that hides its underlying structure. Drink it anytime over the coming three decades.” 02/18
100 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “One of the stars of the vintage, it will be interesting to see if Poyferré ultimately eclipses Las Cases as the finest of the three Léovilles. The 2009 is even better than the 2000, 2003, and 2005. Its inky/purple color precedes a wine filled with extraordinary opulence, voluptuous texture, and sweet tannin. It offers both intellectual and hedonistic pleasure with layer upon layer of ripe fruit. Yields were 43 hectoliters per hectare, the blend is more than two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, and the natural alcohol is the highest ever measured at this estate, 13.95%. The high alcohol is not the least bit noticeable because of the extraordinary concentration and freshness possessed by most 2009s - a vintage characteristic that will serve these wines for decades to come. This is a wine to purchase by the case-load. It should drink well for 30-45 years.”
2010 Chateau Léoville Poyferré
98+ Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “The wine out distances both Léoville Las Cases and Léoville 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 Poyferré that should drink well for 30+ years. Another spectacular wine from the Cuvelier family, Léoville Poyferré (along with Ducru Beaucaillou) may be one of the two best wines of St.-Julien year after year these days. This is a large estate, covering nearly 200 acres, and the final blend of the 2010 Léoville Poyferré is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, a whopping 34% Merlot and the rest 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.” 02/13
99 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: “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.” 02/18
Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer while supplies last, we are asking that you email orders back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, connect with your portfolio manager or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.
All my best,Chris