2016 Château Léoville-Poyferré, Cru Classé St-Julien

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  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2037
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  • Unit Volume
    Magnum (150cl.)
  • Classification
    Deuxième Cru
2016 Château Léoville-Poyferré, Cru Classé St-Julien


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)

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)

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)
Château Léoville-Poyferré

As is common in Bordeaux family politics, the original Léoville vineyards were trisected between siblings in 1840. Their redistribution created three new wine estates: Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton and Léoville-Poyferré. Las Cases and Poyferré are still closely linked, sharing parking for their wineries to this day. Léoville-Poyferré achieved Second Growth status in the important 1855 classifications, but its quality remained distinctly average until the arrival of Didier Cuvelier in 1979. His family had bought Léoville-Poyferré in 1921, and although he had trained as an accountant, the lure of wine brought him to the helm of the estate. By first bringing in Emile Peynaud (his wine tutor), followed by ,b>Michel Rolland in 1994, implementing an intensive replanting and expansion regime, bringing the total hectares under vine to 80, and modernising the winery, Didier significantly raised the reputation of Léoville-Poyferré, creating a stylish St-Julien which rivals the best for quality at more modest prices. He has now handed over to his cousin, Sara Lecompte Cuvelier.

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