Moulin Riche often offers an open, forward style from the Cuvelier stable. Leoville Poyferre hails from vineyards belonging to the great Leoville estate, whereas, Moulin Riche hails from an inland terroir at the north of the appellation near to the Pauillac border. The 2015 is crafted from 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc and offers lots of spicy floral notes, damsons and cassis. There is good flow and balance to the creamy dark fruit attack, a real mineral dimension, plenty of concentration and some well worked tannins. Impressive little wine.
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.