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Bordeaux 2016: Ducru Beaucaillou and Leoville Poyferre
08 June 2017

Today sees the release of two big hitters from the commune of St Julien: Leoville Poyferre and Ducru Beaucaillou. Didier Cuvelier and Bruno Borie’s wines have both excelled in 2016. They are deep, muscular offerings, yet both possess a sweetness and charm that makes them most alluring. Ducru is more introverted and brooding than its seductive 2015 counterpart. It is deeply impressive, a glossy, inky black example, which is true to the Ducru style, but has a slight leaning towards Leoville Las Cases with its linear, taut fruit and chiselled tannins. The Poyferre is an impressive specimen, boasting a spectacular mid-palate and grand scale tannins. Both these wines are deserving of their colossal Wine Advocate scores.

‘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. Drink 2024 - 2060. 95-97/100’. - Neal Martin,

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