|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
65 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot. Deep bright purple colour. Feels quite full from the mass of very fine tannins. Pure and linear cassis and faint aroma of wood. Tannins build and thare's a bit of coal-like blackcurrant. Elegant to the end. 2020-2030+ Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2014)
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This wine’s nearly opaque dense ruby/purple color is hardly that of an inferior vintage. The 2013 Leoville Poyferre exhibits a beautiful bouquet of blackberries and creme de cassis. This pure, luscious, long, luxurious (especially for the vintage) 2013 possesses adequate acidity, beautiful purity, and medium- to full-bodied density. One of the superstars of the vintage, it should drink well for 10-15 years. 2014-2029 Rating: 90-92 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Aug 2014)
Saturated ruby. Brooding aromas of black fruits, minerals and coffee; at once medicinal and liqueur-like, but showing more freshness than usual in 2013. Huge but still raw at this stage, with rather large-scaled, mouthfilling flavors (for the year) of dark berries and flinty ripe plum, along with an obvious herbal element. Shows a boatload of chewy tannins but the persistent finish is dry but not parching. Rating: 87-90 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (May 2014)
The nose has a fragrant charm the start of the palate fresh the richer flavours in the middle slightly held back by the firm definite tannins. It is richer at the back some sweet black fruits but the finish is closed at the moment by the tannins. 2018-30 Rating: 90-92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (May 2014)
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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