Leoville Poyferre 2018 (6x75cl)

Leoville Poyferre 2018 (6x75cl)

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From the heart of the iconic gravelly terroir of St Julien, the 2018 also book marks the beginning of a new chapter for Château Léoville-Poyferré. As Didier Cuvelier passed on the leadership of the property to his cousin, Sara Lecompte-Cuvelier, after no less than 40 vintages to his name.  The 2018 was an unusual equation of extremes, alternately wet and sunny, late and early. 2018 was able to turn around a perilous start, culminating in a vintage of great complexity. With exceptional aging potential, it is structured and vibrant with complex layers of dark fruis.

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  • Year 2018
  • Colour Red
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • Sub Region Saint-Julien
  • Designation
  • Classification
  • Pack Size 6x75cl
  • ABV 14.50°
  • Drinking Window 2028 - 2078
  • Drinking Recommendation Not Ready
  • LWIN 101238720180600750
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100 Jeb Dunnuck  
97-98 James Suckling  
95-98 Wine Spectator  
97 Decanter  
94-96+ Wine Advocate  
95 Vinous  
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About Chateau Léoville-Poyferré

Chateau Léoville-Poyferré has emerged as perhaps the second most important St. Julien estate behind Léoville las Cases.   The property can trace its history all the way back to 1638, but that history is a tortuous path of ownership and name changes as part of what came to be called the "Léoville" estate. The Cuvelier family purchased this Château in 1920, and it remains in their stewardship to this day in the form of Sara Lecompte-Cuvelier, niece of Didier who oversaw some remarkable improvements to the estate during the 1980s and onwards. The team is comprised of some truly masterful oenologists, including the original superstar consultant Michel Rolland - Léoville-Poyferré was in fact only his second-ever consulting role, and he has now been at the property for over 40 years!


The Vineyard and the Winemaking

Léoville-Poyferré has always been and remains different in spirit to its siblings.  Overseeing 60ha estate with some wonderful plots in the 'Grand Clos' bordering Las Cases, the estate is also constituted of plots splitting up over much of St-Julien, meaning that Poyferré has some of the most varied terroirs in the entire region, and certainly the most diverse of the incredible triumvirate.


One of the very first estates in the region to carry out malolactic fermentation in oak barrels, this has always been a forward-thinking and innovative producer. Today, optical sorting tables are used in the advanced winery where vinification occurs on fruit from very low-yielding plots - 35hl/ha compared to the Bordeaux average of 45hl/ha.


A higher proportion of Merlot in the blend (and in the vineyard) than is typical for St-Julien yields results only to be expected stylistically. The wine is rounded, rich and generous; however, as Cabernet Sauvignon still dominates, Léoville Poyferré retains the stunning freshness, acidity and structure to be expected from the greatest expressions of the appellation.

 

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