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CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ

2015 2ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
Classification 2ème Cru Classé

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Tasted several times. It did not particularly shine at the Union tasting, where it was positively slippery in its suppleness, with a fresh raspberry top-note, but deceptively simple-seeming. At the château it appeared more filled out, with a bit more sweetness and a lot more weight. The precision is all there, and a spicy interest in the middle too suggests a very primary but really excellent Poyferré. Wonderfully long. Rating: 93-94 L&S (Apr 2016)

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A rich and intense red with blackberries, tar and spices. Black tea and blueberries. Full-bodied, very layered and multi-dimensional. Very long and flavorful. Such great texture. A dynamic and superb red. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2018)

Deep crimson. Sweet and round and polished – so extraordinarily different from Léoville Barton! There is some gravelly texture but it's overlaid with fruit and come-hither appeal. Although this is much more restrained than some vintages. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Nov 2017)

Ripe and slightly jammy, with lots of oak and tannin, this is a good rather than a great Léoville-Poyferré. There’s a figgy note to the fruit, too, but the underlying structure is good, with freshness on the finish and firm, fine-grained tannins. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028 Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)

This is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. Harvest was September 24th to October 10th, the yield was 48.17 hl/ha. A very fresh style on the nose, quite convincing, with sooty-dusty blackcurrant and damson fruit, tense with borderline ripeness, A pure and defined palate, very direct, a pencil-drawn frame of pointed ripe tannins, bolstered by the vanillin oak, along with a fresh and lifted fruit character. I get notes of just-ripe blackcurrant with a touch of juniper, and a medium-bodied presence. An attractive wine, loaded with ripe tannins at the end, and certainly showing some potential. An impressive wine for the vintage. Tasted twice. Rating: 16-17/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)

Lovely concentration of fruit already showing excellent florality, purity and density. Robustly elegant in the Poyferré style – ‘juicy and silky’, according to owner Didier Cuvelier. This is one for the long term. Drinking range: 2022 - 2045 Rating: 95 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2016)

Deep purple. Glowing. Flattering nose but without the undertow of some. Lots of energy and just a hint of sweet oak. A solid performance. Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 16.5++ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)

The 2015 Léoville Poyferré is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc that was harvested between 24 September and 10 October. The IPT comes in at 80 with a pH 3.69. It has a typical Léoville-Poyferré bouquet at this stage: quite bullish and forthright, packed full of dense black cherries, red plum and cassis, the 85% new oak pronounced, but will be subsumed with bottle age. The palate is full-bodied with mouth-coating tannin: layers of graphite-infused black fruit, cedar and mint, almost Pauillac-like in personality with a sustained graphite finish. This is a sophisticated Saint Julien built for long-term ageing, perhaps less flamboyant than recent vintages, but the terroir shows through. Expect it to land at the top of my banded score, possibly higher. Drinking range: 2027 - 2050 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)

The 2015 Léoville-Poyferré is simply magnificent. Rich, creamy and voluptuous in the glass, the 2015 captures all the best qualities of the vintage in spades. Layers of flavor blossom in the glass as the wine fill out its broad-shouldered frame with impeccable grace. A host of floral notes, including violet, lavender and rose petal grace the utterly exquisite finish. There is so much to like here. Specifically, the interplay of ripeness, texture and freshness is compelling. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 93-96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2016)

This features depth and focus, with a really solid core of currant and blackberry lined with ample iron and briar notes. Not shy with the toast, but the finish is energetic, and everything is pulling together. Rating: 92—95 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)

A dense and savory red with plenty of phenolic texture and ripe fruit character. Hints of walnut and spice too. Chewy finish. Solid center palate. Rating: 95-96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2016)

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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