Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2015 - 95-96 JS, 93-96 AG, 92-94 WA
12×75 – £570 EP
6×75 – £285 EP
Also released today:
Chateau Cantenac Brown 2015 - 93-96 AG, 93-94 JS, 92-94 WA
12×75 – £340 EP
6×75 – £170 EP
IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders, see below.
En Primeur Expected Spring 2018
This morning there have been a flurry of releases, including Calon Segur at £570, Gruaud Larose at £480 and Phelan Segur at £300 per case of 12 bottles. The most interesting, however, are Chateau Leoville Poyferre and Chateau Cantenac Brown.
Leoville Poyferre has released at £570 per case of 12. It has been awarded 95-96 points by James Suckling, 93-96 from Antonio Galloni and 92-94 from Neal Martin. Martin curiously states ‘Expect it to land at the top of my banded score, possibly higher.’ A bottle score of 94 or higher would make it look very interesting compared to the 93 scoring 2005 which trades at £780 a case. However, we cannot draw comparisons at this stage to the 2009 and 2010, which Parker awarded 100 and 98+ points and which both trade at considerably higher prices. Galloni says ‘The 2015 Léoville-Poyferré is simply magnificent’ and Suckling’s high score confirms this to be an excellent Poyferre. If you love this Estate, as much as we do, £47.50 per bottle offers an awful lot. It may look even better once the bottle scores are out.
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Leoville Poyferre is located in the St-Julien appellation of the Médoc. Michel Rolland was appointed in 1995 as a consultant. Huge investment and tireless work over a decade has resulted in Poyferre achieving a distinct fleshiness and defined structure which Parker believes has allowed it to surpass its neighbours saying, ‘Leoville Poyferre (along with Ducru Beaucaillou) may be one of the two best wines of St.-Julien year after year these days.’
Leoville Poyferre was originally part of the ancient Leoville estate that took up a vast portion of St-Julien in the 17th and 18th centuries. Leoville Poyferre is now one of the leading Second Growths of Bordeaux, reflected in 2009 and 2010 where it was only pipped by two of its direct Super Second contemporaries, Pontet Canet and Montrose, who scored 100 points in 2009 and 2010.
In 2015, the wines from Margaux have excelled, with many considering it to be the leading commune. Bordeaux is famed for its power brands which dominate most headlines. This, however, leaves space for gems, superb estates, which produce world-beating wines that in some years are unmissable and worthy of global acclaim. We are advising collectors to stock up on the leading Margaux wines this year. Cantenac Brown is a historic Estate, classified as a Third Growth and in 2015 it has received a stunning 93-96 from Antonio Galloni, 93-94 from James Suckling and 92-94 from Neal Martin. This makes it possibly their finest ever, surpassing the 2009 and 2005 which trade at £400 and £540 respectively.
Cantenanc Brown 2015 will undoubtedly compete with the stunning 2010 for the title of the best vintage from this Estate. In fact, it may surpass it, yet today it is offered at a 29% discount to the 2010, a superb offering at £28 per bottle; Cantenac Brown offers superb value for money. Of it Martins says ‘It is not the most ostentatious Margaux in what is a fecund season for the appéllation, but I suspect it will surprise a few wine-lovers as its ages.’ Galloni agrees with us that ‘Cantenac Brown is one of the great still affordable wines of the year. Don’t miss it.’ It is estates like Cantenac Brown in great vintages like 2015 where Bordeaux really flexes its muscles, but at very attractive prices.
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James Suckling, 95-96 Points
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.
Antonio Galloni, 93-96 Points
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. Tasted three times.
Neal Martin, 92-94 Points
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.
Antonio Galloni, 93-96 Points
The 2015 Cantenac Brown is superb. Translucent, weightless and totally finessed, the 2015 offers outstanding purity and exceptional overall balance. Sweet plum, tobacco, cedar, licorice and new leather are some of the many nuances that take shape in the glass, but it is the wine’s purity that is most impressive. Hints of lavender, iron and smoke add shades of nuance on the tightly wound finish. Over the two weeks I followed it, the Grand Vin put on considerable depth and power. It will be interesting to see where things end up here, but the 2015 was superb all three times I tasted it. Cantenac Brown is one of the great still affordable wines of the year. Don’t miss it.
James Suckling, 93-94 Points
Very structured and muscular with black currant, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Full body. Yet polished and intriguing.
Neal Martin, 92-94 Points
The 2015 Cantenac Brown follows their excellent 2014 with another great Margaux. Here, a nuanced nose that does not come racing from the blocks, but keep your nose in the glass and it reveals detailed blackberry, cranberry and strawberry aromas that are neatly embroidered with the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite tensile tannin. There is breeding interwoven into this Margaux, palpable sophistication, and it finishes with panache, fanning out with lightly spiced red and black fruit. It is not the most ostentatious Margaux in what is a fecund season for the appéllation, but I suspect it will surprise a few wine-lovers as its ages.
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