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.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2015|
Léoville Poyferré’s dense ruby/purple 2005 is soft, round and juicy, with lots of blackcurrant fruit, plum and Asian spice. It is medium to full-bodied and, along with Léoville Las Cases and Saint-Pierre, probably one of the best St.-Juliens I tasted in this retrospective. It is surprisingly supple and accessible. Drink it over the next 15 or so years. Drink 2015-2030.
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015|
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
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
While perhaps not up to the standards of the extraordinary 2003, the 2005 is still a strong effort from an estate that has been doing everything right over the last two decades. Sweet toasty oak intermixed with jammy black currant, plum, and licorice aromas jump from the glass of this dense purple-hued wine. In the mouth, there is great fruit, tannin, body, structure, and delineation. This impressively endowed, well made St.-Julien will require considerable patience (as will most 2005 northern Medocs). Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+.
|Score: 92/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
As superb as Leoville Poyferre’s 2005 is, it does not appear to be as profound as their 2003, but I may be proven wrong once the wine is bottled. Flowery creme de cassis aromas interwoven with hints of blackberries, licorice, and pain grille jump from the glass of this opaque purple-colored St.-Julien. Possessing medium to full body, sweet tannin, an expansive, multilayered mid-palate, good acidity and freshness, and a blockbuster finish, this powerful, impressively endowed effort will require patience. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2030+.
|Score: 92/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
Tasted single blind at Southwold. Again, the nose has shut down like the previous wine. Blackberry, cedar, a touch of animal fur - this should be so incredibly complex in a few years time. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, very well balanced and supple. Nice elegant, smooth vivacious blackberry and cedar finish. Its sensuality belies the turbo-charged engine at the heart of this wine. Great length. Superb. Drink 2018-2040.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, July 2009|
Lots of sexy, exotic aromas to this wine in addition to flamboyant floral undertones. It's full-bodied with a cold tannic texture and flavor that gives the wine a very graphite-like undertone. Drinkable now but better in 2018.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, October 2015|
|Score: 92||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008|
Loads of blackberry, licorice and toasted oak on the nose. Full-bodied, with lots of focused and clean ripe fruit character. Balanced and refined. Another 2003? Maybe even better?
|Score: 95/100||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006|
Tasted blind. Dark crimson. Luscious colour! Very healthy look. Very dense, as though the density is locking the aroma in. Big and intense and luscious on the palate. Lots going on here.
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017|
Purplish crimson. Scented and beguiling. Far from a heavyweight and with lots of tannin but with some lift too. Super clean. Well judged! 13.5%
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2015|
Exciting with lots of energy and richness on the nose. Very well balanced and not massive but sinewy and well balanced. Dry and refreshing on the finish with medium intensity
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2009|
Quite gassy and very sweet and juicy. A bit too much extraction for comfort, which is a shame since the fruit quality and purity is lovely. Very dry finish. Awkward. Drink 2016-24
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006|
Sweet mocha and lightly perfumed with violets. Very firm grip but rounded and ripe tannins. Concentrated, long, a baby still. Lovely juicy finish with great freshness. Drink 2010 - 2030.
|Score: 18+||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2009|
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
|Score: 93||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008|
Cedar and tobacco fruit. Perfumed, bright, savoury, tobacco, chewy tannins. Very promising, elegant, rich. Drink from 2015. Awarded 4 stars.
|Score: 16.5||Decanter Magazine, Decanter Magazine, July 2008|