Wine Review: 1997 Château Léoville-Poyferré

Château Léoville-Poyferré, St Julien, Deuxième Crus Classés 1997

One of the three Léoville estates, Léoville Poyferré and its neighbors Léoville Barton and Léoville Las-Cases have their origins in the grand Léoville estate that dominated the Saint-Julien appellation in Bordeaux during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The wine produced at Léoville Poyferré was classified as one of fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

As for the 1997 vintage of this renowned wine, my initial impression was that there was great finesse in its beautifully jammy colored appearance. The bouquet of this lovely claret reminisced of dark luscious fruits suggesting plums, dark berries, black cherries, and a hint of tobacco.

On the attack, a strong showing of the dark luscious jammy fruits that came forth on the nose along with incredibly smooth and silky tannins. This wine is not muscular at all and suggests a medium-bodied personality while in the mouth. An elegantly refined finish beautifully floated on the palate to create an incredibly delicate sumptuous and seductive close. A classically elegant wine from a great château in Bordeaux. I wholeheartedly recommend this incredibly sumptuous and seductive St-Julien wine for any lover of Bordeaux. A fantastic effort by Léoville Poyferré and one that clearly deserves praise, as it clearly is one of the true stars of the vintage, as Robert M. Parker Jr. noted in The Wine Advocate and in his book, Bordeaux: A Consumer’s Guide to the World’s Finest Wines.


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