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December 12, 2014

Leoville Poyferre 2010

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This is our last offer of the year and we wanted to present something truly special, the classified second growth Leoville Poyferre 2010. Taken together, 2009 and 2010 are widely regarded as the best back-to-back vintages in the history of Bordeaux. In fact the majority of critics prefer the 2010 wines to the 2009. While Robert Parker scored more wines 100 points in 2009 than any other vintage in history, the 2010 vintage follows closely behind on the point scale. However, the 2010s have superior structure. Since tasting the wines since they were bottled Parker has re-scored Montrose 2010 from 99 to 100 points, with the pricing jumping from £1,250 to £1,700, moving in-line with the 100 point 2009, which trades today at £1,900 a case. Parker described Leoville Poyferre 2010 as ‘One of the prodigious wines of the vintage’, scoring it 98+: this tells us everything we need to know. Leoville Poyferre secured its first 100 point score in 2009 and this trades today at £1,450, while a case of the 98+ 2010 is offered today at £860, or £430 for a case of six bottles.

We have found that prices in Bordeaux increase exponentially for every point over 95, proving that point there is a 41% price difference between Leoville Poyferre 2009 and 2010, yet only one point separating them. As such one can confidently speculate over the Price Over Points Score, the 2009 has a score of 73, the 2010, 48. There is also a very strong case to be made that Parker will move the 2010 score higher, certainly from 98+ to 99 points or possibly 100. Shrewd collectors can drink the 2010 at a discount of £50 per bottle to the 2009, safe in the knowledge that the Wine Enthusiast and Jancis Robinson scored the 2010 higher than the 2009. Leoville Poyferre 2010 is simply stunning and offers immense value when compared to its direct peers in 2010.

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Léoville Poyferre is located in the St-Julien appellation of the Médoc. Michel Rolland was appointed in 1995 as a consultant. Huge investment and tireless work over a decade has resulted in Poyferre achieving a distinct fleshiness and defined structure which Parker believes has allowed it to surpass its neighbours saying, ‘Leoville Poyferre (along with Ducru Beaucaillou) may be one of the two best wines of St.-Julien year after year these days.’

‘Léoville Poyferre was originally part of the ancient Léoville estate that took up a vast portion of St-Julien in the 17th and 18th centuries. After the French Revolution, and with one quarter of the property already sold to Hugh Barton (Leoville Barton), the descendants of the Marquis Las Cases sold a second quarter to the Baron de Poyferre-Ceres in 1840. In 1866 Armand Lalande and Baron d’Erlanger purchased the Château for one million Francs (£200,000) and ran it successfully until the 1890s when it was sold to Edouard Lawton. During the latter half of the 19th century Poyferre enjoyed a period as the highest price Second Growth.

Leoville Poyferre is now one of the leading Second Growth of Bordeaux, reflected in 2009 and 2010 where it was only pipped by two of its direct Super Second contemporaries, Pontet Canet and Montrose, who scored 100 points in 2009 and 2010. Leoville Poyferre 2010 has now entered its drinking window and offers incredible value for £71 a bottle – the 98 point scoring 2010 Lafite Rothschild costs upwards of £600 a bottle.

Leoville Poyferre, 2010 -  £430, 6×75 or £530.76 incl duty and VAT  
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, – 98+ Points
The wine out distances both Leoville Las Cases and Leoville 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 Poyferre that should drink well for 30+ years.

Another spectacular wine from the Cuvelier family, Leoville Poyferre (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 Leoville Poyferre is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, a whopping 34% Merlot and the rest 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Drink 2013-2043

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