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Chateau Leoville Poyferre - St Julien 2017


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A ravishing Saint-Julien, the Leoville-Poyferre is also very clearly one of the wines of the vintage on the Left Bank. Raspberry jam, blood orange, mint, spice and mocha all race out of the glass as this sumptuous, flamboyant wine shows off its exotic personality. With its vertical lift and explosive energy, the 2017 has so much to offer. It has been nothing less than stunning on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In 2017, the Grand Vin is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Because of the late season rains, only 3 out of the 5 parcels that typically inform the Grand Vin were used. This a tremendous effort from the Cuvelier family.   Vinous: 97Pts; Decanter: 95Pts; Jeb Dunnuck: 95Pts; Robert Parker: 93-95Pts; James Suckling: 94Pts; Wine Spectator: 93Pts


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Chateau Leoville Poyferre




Red Wine

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27% Merlot|3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot|68% 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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