Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 94 points
One of the vintage’s superstars and a candidate for the finest St.-Julien of the vintage, the 2003 Leoville Poyferre rivals the 2000, 1996, and 1990 as one of the best Poyferres ever made
Review date: April 2005
Wine Spectator: 95 points
Pure cassis on the nose. Impressive. Full-bodied, thick and powerful, with loads of fruit and big, velvety tannins. Goes on for minutes on the palate. Huge wine. Very, very impressive. This is one of the big surprises of the vintage. Best after 2012. 19,165 cases made.
Review date: March 2006
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: 91 points
(a blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 5% petit verdot) Bright medium ruby. Brooding, superripe aromas of black cherry, minerals and chocolate, with a whiff of game. Dense and very ripe, with an explosion of chocolatey fruit in the mid-palate. Despite its sheer size, this is elegant and shapely claret in the making, and not at all deficient in acidity. Ultimately more suave than the 2002, thanks to its lusher texture. Finishes with big but ripe, mouthdusting tannins and superb breadth and persistence.
Review date: May 2004