|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
Rich, finest silk texture, fresh expression - a deep velvetiness of cassis. Very pure and precise. Racy and exciting. A more severe style than the 2004, but more serious too, with longer ageing potential. Very classic while modern in a brightly-tuned way. Pure! Rating: 93 L&S (Apr 2007)
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73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. Deep crimson. Starting to fade at the rim. Sweet, concentrated but spicy nose with some dustiness on the edge of the palate. Really muscular and fine. Long. Beautifully constructed. Luscious enough for current drinking but obviously has masses of potential. Ripe tannins. Drinking range: 2015 - 2040 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Sep 2016)
The 2006 Château Léoville Poyferré has one of the most harmonious and complete bouquets from Saint Julien: very well-defined blackberry, briary and chalky scents, real focus and delivery here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, ripe tannin matched with well-judged acidity. Like the 2006 Léoville-Barton, it is stubborn and backward, but there is clearly harmony and focus on the finish, the new oak deftly assimilated in the fabric of the wine. This is a lovely wine from Didier Cuvelier. Tasted January 2016. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jan 2016)
There is a complex mix of fruits showing on the nose and these are backed by fresher lighter cherry. Although the tannins are firm there is a good weight of sweet ripe, mainly black fruits, underneath fleshing out the finish. 2012-25 Rating: 91 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Dec 2013)
Château Léoville Poyferré
St Julien Deuxième cru 1855 When Baron Jean-Marie de Poyferré de Cères married the grand-daughter of the Marquis de Las-Cases-Beauvoir, he inherited a portion of the grand old Leoville estate. The Poyferré family owned the estate for long enough to see the granting of Second Growth status in common with the other Leovilles but, in time, oidium and financial difficulties led them to sell Leoville Poyferré. Eventually, it came in to the ownership of the Cuvelier family who own Poyferré to this day. For most of the 20th Century, compared to its namesake neighbours, Leoville Poyferré's fortunes waned as the quality of the wines fell back. Since 1980, however, considerable improvements have been made to the chais and the vineyards. The previously high proportion of Merlot has reduced, whilst the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon has risen to about 65% (Merlot is now a more Médoc-like 25%). Today, Leoville Poyferré can be seen on an equal footing with, at least, Leoville Barton. Grapes are fermented in stainless-steel, and then spend 18 to 20 months in oak (75% new). In the early years on the 20th Century, the cru bourgeois property of Château Moulin Riche was absorbed into Leoville Poyferré. The name was briefly resurrected as the name of Poyferré's second wine, although it is now produced as a wine in its own right from the vineyards of the old château. A second wine of both properties is Pavillon de Poyferré.
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