2012 Leoville-Poyferre Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • WE 96
  • AG 94
  • NM 93
  • JS 92
  • WA 92
  • WS 91
  • CG 90

Reviews for 2012 Leoville-Poyferre Bordeaux Blend

WE 96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2013
(WE94-96 points) This very ripe, full-bodied wine is powered by sweet blackberries and solid tannins. It is a full, concentrated and complex wine that has a great future.
AG 94
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, January 2016
A dark, fleshy wine, the Léoville Poyferré 2012 is round, succulent and deeply expressive. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, graphite and lavender are fused together in an effortless, silky Saint-Julien built on texture... A dark, fleshy wine, the Léoville Poyferré 2012 is round, succulent and deeply expressive. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, graphite and lavender are fused together in an effortless, silky Saint-Julien built on texture. Striking and totally beautiful, the 2012 will be ready to deliver its charms early. All the elements are in the right place. This is a gorgeous showing from Léoville-Poyferré. The 2012 is perhaps not an epic wine, but is gorgeous today and should provide considerable pleasure over the next 15-20 years. The blend is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013
(NM91-93 points) Tasted twice with consistent notes, the Grand Vin is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot (there is no Cabernet Franc unlike in 2011.) It was picked between 8th October and... (NM91-93 points) Tasted twice with consistent notes, the Grand Vin is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot (there is no Cabernet Franc unlike in 2011.) It was picked between 8th October and 19th October at 36hl/ha, when there was a torrential downpour and two plots were spoiled. The grapes were sorted on an Italian optical sorting machine. There is certainly impressive purity and intensity on the nose with ripe blackberry dark plum and touches of vanilla, a little more exotic than the 2011 this time last year. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe sweet tannins. It is typically relatively modern in style, quite opulent for a 2012 with a rounded, velvety finish with plush new oak (85%). Very fine.
JS 92
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2015
On the nose and palate this red suggests red and black plums with cedar notes and hints of cloves. Full body, firm tannins, fresh acidity and an intense finish. Minerally, too. Polished tannins. Drink in 2020.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2015
92+ Owned by the Cuvelier family since 1920, this property over the last 20 years has made some great wines in the Médoc. The 2012, a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, is... 92+ Owned by the Cuvelier family since 1920, this property over the last 20 years has made some great wines in the Médoc. The 2012, a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, is opaque purple, thick-looking, and from bottle much more impressive than it was from barrel. This very extracted, rich, full-bodied, masculine Léoville Poyferré needs a good 5-8 years of bottle age and should evolve well for at least 20-25 years. Loads of blackberry and cassis, crushed rock and graphite notes are present in this medium to full-bodied, impressively concentrated and pure wine. Forget it for a while, as this is one of the bigger, richer Médocs. - Robert Parker
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2015
A solid, muscular version, with a slightly chewy feel along the edges, while the core of steeped plum, anise and blackberry paste waits in reserve. Reveals ample graphite details on the finish, with a warm fruitcake note... A solid, muscular version, with a slightly chewy feel along the edges, while the core of steeped plum, anise and blackberry paste waits in reserve. Reveals ample graphite details on the finish, with a warm fruitcake note chiming in. Just needs some cellaring to lose the burly edge. Best from 2017 through 2024.
CG 90
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, June 2015
A short run down the road from its next-door neighbor above, Leoville-Poyferré has come up with a decidedly different wine. It is fairly sizeable stuff by 2012 standards, and it claims an extra measure of deep... A short run down the road from its next-door neighbor above, Leoville-Poyferré has come up with a decidedly different wine. It is fairly sizeable stuff by 2012 standards, and it claims an extra measure of deep, well-extracted fruit. It never once so much as hints at a need for more ripeness, and, if not overly tough for a young left-bank bottling, it is sufficiently tannic and brooding to merit an extended stay in the cellar; somewhere between seven and ten years seems about right.