The 2017 Léoville Poyferré was cropped at around 50hl/ha between 20 September and 6 October at 44hl/ha. It has a gorgeous bouquet that is very pure with scents of black cherry, cassis, cedar and a touch of graphite, all very focused and neatly entwined with the 85% new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, crisp and focused, very harmonious with a touch of cedar and black pepper towards the finish. I appreciate the combination of weight and finesse here, a really quite enthralling valedictory Léoville Poyferré who is due to retire this coming July. Bon vin. 2021 - 2040
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
Yields in 2017 were 44.34 hectoliters per hectare. The 2017 Léoville Poyferré is very deep purple-black in color with super intense notes of freshly crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and Sichuan pepper with hints of lavender, baking spices and wood smoke. The palate is medium-bodied, firm and grainy with restrained, understated fruit and a long, mineral-laced finish.
|Score: 93/95||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
Very tight and energetic finish to this young, new red with currant and blackberry character. Hints of crushed stones. Dense and four-square with a chewy tannin structure and a long finish. Very muscular. Serious encore to the 2016. Same level?
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 Léoville-Poyferré boasts serious depth and concentration within the context of the year. Bright and floral, with beautifully layered fruit, the 2017 is at once gracious and powerful. Raspberry jam, chocolate, new leather and spice all flesh out in this decidedly exuberant, fleshy Saint-Julien. Many 2017s are quite open, but Léoville-Poyferré is quite reticent. Some of that may be attributable to high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in a blend composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Because of the late season rains, only 3 out of the 5 parcels that typically inform the Grand Vin were used. Tasted two times.
|Score: 92/95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (236), May 2018|
Very dark crimson – the darkest 2017 of this tasting. Rich, sweet ink. Definitely more ambitious than most 2017s. But still a little sinewy – not the fully rich all-holes-filled structure of a great vintage. But good for 2017.
|Score: 16+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2018|
Very dark crimson with black core. Gorgeous cassis intensity and purity on the nose and just a hint of oak sweetness and spice. Firm but really supple tannins, compact and deep but with a lightness of touch to let the fruit flow first. Mouth-watering and super-fresh. Long. 13.2%
|Score: 17.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018|
No frost here so a very healthy yield of 50 hl/ha. Made from 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. A deep colour with sweet, plush and ripe black cherry and damson on the nose, supported by plentiful roasted, toasty notes from oak. This is rich, fat and plump on the palate, with generous, opulent fruits and rich but refined tannins. This is very textural, with the plush tannins and sweet smoke of oak bold but still kept in balance with the fruit. Velveteen through to the long and ripe finish.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
The fruit is sweet ripe the nose has richness depth of flavour. Mid generosity the tannins are fine the richness and sweetness underpinned by the fresher black fruits. It fills out at the back and finishes with a rich mix of cassis and black cherry. 2027-42
|Score: 90/93||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018|
This has lower alcohol than usual, but doesn't sacrifice the mouthfeel. There's a succulent damson and cappuccino expression through the finish here, along with tautly constructed, bouncy tannins that are both expressive and powerful. It's one of the more rich and round wines in St-Juliens, as fits the house style. Extremely accomplished, it's powerful and will clearly age well. It's somewhere between 2014 and 2015 in quality, but not touching the majestic 2016. A success in the vintage, underlining again that St-Julien has had an extremely lucky 2017.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2038
|Score: 95||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
Very attractive on the nose and palate, this is an indulgent wine with depth and succulence. The oak is fairly dominant and there is some dark extraction here, but there is no astringency. Fondant fruit and chocolate tones make this seem very forward but this is not the case because the tannins are powdery and persistent and they roll on for minutes. This is a superb wine with flair and control in equal measure.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|