2016 Château Léoville-Poyferré, Cru Classé St-Julien

Critic score
95.75/100
Pricing
Bottle
From a client
1 available
£76.72

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    60% Cabernet Sauvignon
    33% Merlot
    5% Petit Verdot
    2% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2037
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Deuxième Cru
2016 Château Léoville-Poyferré, Cru Classé St-Julien

TASTING NOTES

The 2016 Leoville-Poyferre is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Didier Cuvelier told me that color leeched out naturally and he conducted an 8 day pre-fermentation maceration. Matured in 80% new oak with some malolactic in barrel, it has a typical bouquet for this estate with opulent but neatly controlled, billowing scents of black cherries, black plum, crème de cassis and violets. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine tannin, a killer line of acidity and perhaps one of the most harmonious Poyferré that I have encountered at this juncture. It just glides across the mouth and slips down the throat with consummate ease. Superb.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (May 2017)
(95—97)/100

Deep purple. Very deep. Really rich and winning. Much more mouth-filling than the other wines from this stable. Really fresh but broad and ripe. Great freshness. Long and beautifully balanced.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2017)
18/20

The buildup on the palate is impressive with blackberry and blueberry character. Plenty of currants, too. Full-bodied, linear and tight. Racy tannins and a long finish. Shows tension, depth, real raciness and pure finesse. A combination of the best from both 2009 and 2010.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2017)
95—96/100