A soaring bouquet of creme de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers is followed by a super-concentrated wine with silky tannins, stunning amounts of glycerin, a voluptuous, multilayered mouthfeel and nearly 14% natural alcohol.
We remember that week like it was yesterday. Hundreds of us congregated in a conference hall in Bordeaux to listen to Professor Denis Dubourdieu, the chairman of the Enology Department at l’Université de Bordeaux, describe the 2009 growing season. Dubourdieu took his time, citing the five events that must take place in order to have a “perfect” vintage, concluding that 2009 was five for five.
Robert Parker’s subsequent vintage reports and tasting notes — first out of barrel and then from bottle — sent prices through the roof. And ever since Parker alerted the wine world that he will no longer be attending the en primeur tastings, the last 100-pointers of 2009 have become virtually priceless, with many now fetching more than twice their price upon release.
Robert M. Parker, Jr., rated the 2009 Léoville Poyferré — the most extraordinary wine ever made off this Saint-Julien blue-chip property — twice. The first time, Parker hedged his bets at 97-100 points. But tasted again out of bottle, he wouldn’t hold back any longer. Parker’s 100-point “upgrade” sent the price of 2009 Poyferré through the roof!
In many ways more Oakville Grade in complexion than Saint-Julien, the 2009 Château Léoville Poyferré impressed every professional who tasted it from barrel as a wine of epic size and proportion. In April 2010, Parker called it one of the “stars of the vintage,” whose “inky/purple color precedes a wine filled with extraordinary opulence, voluptuous texture, and sweet tannin. … The high alcohol is not the least bit noticeable because of the extraordinary concentration and freshness possessed by most 2009s — a vintage characteristic that will serve these wines for decades to come.”
Today on WineAccess — every bottle drawn directly from the dimly lit cellars of the château — $299.
Dont know if this wone is too young or what, but there's no "there" there. It's a very pedestrian wine, no tannins, not great structure. Just an "OK" pretty ordinary wine, which is not what I expected at this price point,
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