The 2011 Moulin Riche is crafted from 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. This wine is produced from a 22 hectare parcel at the north of the St Julien commune next to Batailley. This terroir will never produce such deep, profound wines as the Grand Vin, so the wine-making team are careful to extract gently and produce a charming, perfumed, sexy St Julien for earlier consumption than the Leoville Poyferre. The 2011 is a terrific example displaying a lovely floral bouquet with hints of plums and incense. Packed with juicy fruit extract, this has ample density, a suave texture and silky balancing tannins. An excellent little wine to enjoy in a few years time.
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.
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.