The wine opens with espresso, boysenberry and earthy aromas. This leads to a lively, fresh, soft textured, medium bodied Margaux wine. Better than previous vintages, (and the 2010 is even better) with a firm commitment to producing the best wines possible from their terroir, you can expect good things in the future from Labegorce, which fortunately for consumers, remains a well priced Margaux wine.
Château Léoville-Poyferré is located in the Saint-Julien appellation of Bordeaux, located on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary, in between Margaux and Pauillac. It was originally part of the much larger Léoville estate before it was broken down and sold off after the French Revolution. The Château has been owned by the Cuvelier family since 1921 and was taken over in the 1970s by Didier Cuvelier. It was only after this when the reputation of the really took off and the quality if wines produced improved dramatically. Since 1995 oenologist Michel Rolland has assisted Didier and this team have simply gone from strength to strength, producing the stunning wines we see and taste today. The vineyards at Château Léoville-Poyferré are planted with classic Bordeaux grape varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot , Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
Complex, concentrated, great freshness and vibrant fruit. Cassis, leaves, licorice, good structure. The d’Issa holds a long history is probably in the best shape. Cabernet Sauvignon (61%) and Merlot (39%).
The 2009 Mouton Rothschild has a striking label from Anish Kapoor. The wine is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot that begs comparison as a young wine with what the 1982 tasted like in 1985 or, I suspect, what the 1959 may have tasted like in 1962. Representing 50% of their production, the wine has an inky purple color to the rim and not terribly high alcohol for a 2009 (13.2%), but that is reflected by the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a remarkable nose of lead pencil shavings, violets, creme de cassis and subtle barrique smells. It is stunningly opulent, fat, and super-concentrated, but the luxurious fruit tends to conceal some rather formidable tannins in the finish. This is an amazing wine that will be slightly more drinkable at an earlier age than I thought from barrel, but capable of lasting 50 or more years. Kudos to the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and the entire Mouton team, lead by Monsieur Dalhuin.
(Robert Parker – Wine Advocate – February 2012)
94 points Neal Martin’s Wine Journal: “Tasted at Bordeaux Index’s “10-Year On” tasting in London. The 2003 Chateau Margaux has a lovely nose with superb delineation – blackberry, cedar, minerals and wilted violets. To be brutally honest, it is clearly streets ahead of Palmer that was tasted in tandem. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and (hoorah!) a decent thread of acidity. It is not a complex Margaux, but it has personality, fine balance, elegance and admirable tension and race towards the finish. This First Growth shows its class. Excellent. Tasted March 2013.” (05/2013)
Les vendanges sont manuelles avec double tri. Après égrappage, les vinifications sont conduites en cuves inox thermorégulées avec cuvaison d’une vingtaine de jours. Le vin est élevé de 18 à 20 mois en barriques de chêne. La proportion de barriques neuves, de 70% en 2009, est adaptée au millésime. Pauillac des plus classiques et des plus réputés, le vin est, année après année, d’une grande qualité.
Unsmoked cigar tobacco intermixed with plums, red and black currants presented in an evolved style characterize this dark plum/garnet-colored effort. Medium-bodied, delicious and evolved, it is best consumed over the next 10-12 years.