Château Léoville Poyferré

Bordeaux, bordeaux France

We have sourced a selection of vintages direct from Château Léoville-Poyferré, giving these wines impeccable provenance. The vintages span 2005 to 2014, providing an excellent overview of this property. This second growth is one of the most recognised names in Saint-Julien as its wines are known for their suppleness and finesse. The château has been owned by the Cuvelier family since the 1920s. In 1979, Didier Cuvelier became the first of his family to manage the estate. He made a number of changes, initiating a 19-year replanting programme to increase plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, bringing on consultant Michel Rolland in 1994 and modernising the cellar. Didier is credited with the marked improvement in quality that sees Château Léoville-Poyferré now regularly feature among the top wines of the appellation each vintage.

The appellation of Saint-Julien is characterised by deep, predominantly gravel soils, which encourage vines to penetrate deep into the soil, lending the wines a combination of intensity and refinement. Léoville-Poyferré has 80 hectares of vines, with an average age of 38 years, on five different gravel soil types across the appellation. This combination of soils, planted with 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, produces a diverse range of wines for blending. Emphasis is placed on sustainability across the estate, with minimum intervention in the vineyards to achieve the purest expression of each site.

The grapes are harvested by hand and sorted twice; once on the table before destemming, and then again by optical sorting machine before crushing. Each variety and plot is vinified separately under the guidance of oenologist Isabelle Davin and cellar master Didier Thomann. This requires 57 different thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks, 27 of which are double-walled to allow for a pre-fermentation cold maceration for one week to enhance the purity of the fruit and colour intensity. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels, 75% new, for 18 months.

Our selection includes some of the most lauded vintages in the Left bank over the last 20 years. Starting with the 2005 vintage, whose marked tannins and powerful fruit intensity have beautifully mellowed after years in the cellar, and moving to the 2006 vintage, where a turbulent growing season and cooler vintage resulted in a supple, elegant wine. The 2008, 2009 and 2010, with their voluptuous and opulent fruit characters, represent the first celebrated trilogy of superb vintages of the 21st century. The estates, Léoville-Poyferré being one, that exercised precision in 2011 produced classic wines with harmonious balance and fleshy fruit, whereas the 2012 vintage is more refined than showy. Thanks to a later picking date than most of its Saint-Julien neighbours, the 2014 vintage of Léoville-Poyferré displays considerable tension and generous fruit.


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