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Leoville Poyferre, Calon Segur, Cantenac Brown and Gruaud Larose
01 June 2016

After weeks of stuttering starts, Bordeaux awoke today and meant serious business. First out of the traps was Didier Cuvelier’s excellent Leoville Poyferre. This second growth St Julien is the most exuberant and lavish of all the Leovilles. We were fortunate to taste many barrels in February with their winemaker, Didier Thomann, and we were stunned by the opulence of the components. Tasting the final blend in April was fascinating – the assemblage is a wine of tremendous depth, with a more serious and brooding character than the individual components displayed. This is a grand-scale wine, a true ‘Super-Second’, that will be considerably cheaper than most of its peers. If you missed out on Leoville Barton, don’t panic, pick up a Poyferre.

Also, from St Julien, and also a second growth, Gruaud Larose is available at £485 per dozen. This was the most classy and sophisticated Gruaud we have tasted for many years – cool damson and brambly fruit wrapped in a corset of fine tannins. Hopefully this heralds a new era for Gruaud.

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