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Chateau Leoville Poyferre - St Julien 2009


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One of the more flamboyant and sumptuous wines of the vintage, this inky/purple-colored St.-Julien reveals thrilling levels of opulence, richness and aromatic pleasures. A soaring bouquet of creme de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers is followed by a super-concentrated wine with silky tannins, stunning amounts of glycerin, a voluptuous, multilayered mouthfeel and nearly 14% natural alcohol. Displaying fabulous definition for such a big, plump, massive, concentrated effort, I suspect the tannin levels are high even though they are largely concealed by lavish amounts of fruit, glycerin and extract. Robert Parker: 100Pts; Jeb Dunnuck: 100Pts; Vinous: 96Pts; Wine Enthusiast: 96Pts; James Suckling: 95Pts; ST: 95Pts; Wine Spectator: 93Pts


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Chateau Leoville Poyferre




Red Wine

Grape Variety:

29% Merlot|6% Petit Verdot|60% Cabernet Sauvignon



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The history of Chateau Leoville Poyferre is completely linked to the Gascon culture. Indeed, typically Gascon, the name “Poyferre” means a “point ferre”, a section of pavement where horses and vehicles must wear irons. Classified Second Cru in 1855, this beautiful vineyard comes from the former Leoville estate, located north of the Saint-Julien appellation. In 1920 the Cuvelier family acquired this property. Since 1979, major investments in restructuring and modernization have been made by the Cuvelier family in order to enhance the buildings and the terroir.

The vineyard of Chateau Leoville Poyferre sits on a terroir of gravel that brings a balance in the diet of the plant. The property has a real control plan, based on soil analyzes, which allows to monitor their state of health. Respect for the terroir and its integrity, maintaining the life of the soils worked by generations of winemakers, are the watchwords of the technical team, resolutely turned towards the future.

Thanks to this strategy combining ancestral practices of viticulture and the tools offered by modernity, Chateau Leoville Poyferre produces wines in which its prestigious terroir expresses itself fully. The 80 hectares of the property are planted with 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. The manual harvesting is done in crates and then sorted on tables mechanically and manually a first time before the clipping of the bunches and a second time mechanically and manually before crushing berries. The vatting will be done by grapes and by parcel in the 35 stainless steel vats of the vat. After multiple tastings, the wine is finally assembleDecanter: the nectar of the vats produces the Leoville-Poyferre which ages 75% in new barrels.

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