Excellent vintage Bordeaux: 2012 Grand Cru Château Léoville-Poyferré, Saint-Julien: hailed by the wine critics: case of six bottles delivered: superb Members-only price


Wine Enthusiast 94-96/100
James Suckling 94/100
Wine Advocate 92+/100
Jancis Robinson MW 17.5/20
Decanter 17.5+/20
Wine Spectator 90-93/100
Robert Parker 89-91/100

Château Léoville-Poyferré is one of the most impressive and exciting properties in the Bordeaux appellation of Saint-Julien, an icon of balance and tradition in the Médoc—and we are delighted to welcome this, the seriously impressive Grand Cru 2012 vintage into the Club Cellar. The Bordeaux fine wine connoisseurs are raving about it, and at the Club price for a wine which is drinking beautifully now yet will age wonderfully well until 2038, it’s a great claret which no fine wine lover should miss!

Now up with the best of the St-Juliens but still selling at sensible prices, Léoville Poyferré is classified as a 2ème Cru Classé—and through the Club the price is even more attractive. Read on for just some of the accolades besotwed on this vintage by the Masters of Wine:

94-96 points, Wine Enthusiast:
‘Very ripe, full-bodied wine powered by sweet blackberries and solid tannins. It is a full, concentrated and complex wine that has a great future.’

94 points, James Suckling:
‘Really beautiful now with blackcurrant, licorice and red-berry aromas, following through to a full body with layers of fine tannins and a beautiful finish. Drink or hold.’

94 points, Jeb Dunnuck:
‘One of the more stacked, ripe and rockingly textured wines from the Left Bank, the 2012 Léoville Poyferré sports a deep ruby/purple colour to go with terrific notes of crème de cassis, graphite, lead pencil shavings and violets. Rich, full-bodied, supple and forward, with low acidity and ripe tannin, give bottles 4-5 years (although it dishes out ample pleasure even today) and enjoy through 2037.’

93 points, Wine Cellar Insider:
‘Definitely at the start of its maturity curve, as it is such a pleasure to drink today. Medium-bodied, soft, supple, sweet and bright, the wine is on the classic side … sweet, soft, polished, ripe berries, gentle tannins and a long, graceful, smoky, fruit filled finish, with enough freshness and fruit to allow the wine to leave an impression … quite an accomplishment.’

92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
‘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.’

17.5/20 points, Jancis Robinson:
‘Dark purple. Some real energy. Voluptuous on the palate. Gosh what a lot of effort has gone into this … Lots of lusciousness and then it’s drawn to a dry close like someone tightening a purse string. Though I’d guess not too much purse-string tightening while making this … Appealing freshness. Drink 2022-2038.’

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:
‘Deep ruby. Subdued aromas of smoky blackberry and violet, along with a slightly raw herbal/peppery component. Then supple and round in the mouth, but with a diffuse quality to the dark berry and chocolate flavours.’

Saint-Julien is a small but important appellation of the Haut-Medoc district of Bordeaux in south-western France. Its reputation is based on its status as a reliable source of consistently elegant, age-worthy wines.

The praise continues, the connoisseurs queuing up to extol the virtues of this 2012 vintage, which was from the start unusual. The harvest was so late in 2012 that, apart from 2008, you have to search through the record books across more than 30 years to find a comparable vintage. Despite these challenging conditions, the wine, dominated by 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, is brimming with layer upon layer of enticing blackberry fruit, a tasty minerality and fine-grained tannins. 32% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot complete the blend and help to create a wine which continues the recent successes of this highly regarded property.

The history of the Leoville estates traces back to 1638, when all three Leoville properties were one. After the French Revolution, the estate was split into the Leovilles Barton, Poyferre and Las Cases. Purchased in the early 1900s by the Cuvelier family, Leoville-Poyferre lagged behind the other Leoville properties in terms of quality and renown, until 1979, when Didier Cuvelier took over management of the property. Extensive modernisation and replanting followed, culminating in the hiring of Michel Rolland in 1994. This programme of improvement continues, making Leoville-Poyferre now one of the most impressive and exciting properties in Saint-Julien.

Case of six bottles. RRP £942. CCUK £567 including UK mainland delivery (Highlands and Islands attract a courier shipping surcharge).