Château Léoville Poyferré, 2ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2018

  Château Léoville Poyferré

Produced from 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the Leoville Poyferre 2018 is the first full vintage of the new Cuvelier regime. Sara has taken over from Didier, but the house style is still very evident. Another large-scale effort, with plush fruit and a big, burly tannic profile. Of the three Leoville estates, this appears to be the least composed, although Leoville Poyferre rarely disappoints. The bouquet is lavish and expressive; notes of Chambord, spicy perfume, liquorice, mint and dark chocolate. There's really good energy and a sense of thrust - lots of distinguished material here: cherry, cassis, crème de mûre and cool loganberry – ripe, detailed fruit. The tannins rise up in a powerful if slightly rustic way. This is an energetic, muscular style with lots of structure; it finishes with fruit, toast and spice. A little loose, but it should come together during élevage.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Léoville Poyferré

The vineyards at Leoville Poyferre originally formed part of the great Leoville estate. Following the death of Marquis de la Cases, the vast property was split into three; the Marquis’ son Jean-Pierre took the third that is now Leoville Las Cases, the Marquis’ daughter, Jeanne’s share became what we know as Leoville Poyferre following her marriage to the Baron de Poyferre and the final third was auctioned off and purchased by Hugh Barton.

Today Didier Cuvelier holds the reigns. He has been responsible for the property’s renaissance, investing heavily to modernise the chai and replanting much of the estate’s Merlot plantings with his favoured Cabernet Sauvignon. Didier can come across rather unassuming, however, unlike other hosts who like impress themselves on tasters, this just isn’t his style. Once you start to engage Didier about his wines there no-one more passionate in Bordeaux.

Of all the Leoville estates, Poyferre produces the most perfumed and most exotic. There is a lushness and seductiveness to all Didier’s wines. Moulin Riche is produced from a separate plot of vines near to the Pauillac border.

Appellation: St Julien

St-Julien may not have any first growths like its neighbour Pauillac but has a raft of high-performing Châteaux in its ranks, second through to fourth growths, Including Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville-Poyferré, Léoville-Barton. Gruaud-Larose and Talbot. For many St-Julien is quintessential claret, robust, powerful but refined subtle and poised. Gravelly soils dominate, hence wide plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

The full complement of permitted Bordeaux varieties (excluding the rarely used Carmenere & Malbec) and the classic left bank Bordeaux blend. The Cabernets and Merlots usually dominate the blend with small percentages of Petit Verdot blended in for colour, structure and complexity. Several producers outside of Bordeaux have tried to emulate this with a Bordeaux style blend of their own, a particularly successful example being Cain Cellars in the Napa Valley and their splendid Cain Five.