The leading St. Julien Second Growth Leoville Poyferre has released today at £816 per case of 12, or £408 per case of six. In 2018 Leoville Poyferre has produced a magnificent wine which Jeb Dunnuck awards 96-99 points declaring it ‘one of the gems in the vintage’, James Suckling awards it 97-98 points saying ‘one of the best wines I have ever had from here.’ Galloni awards it 94-97 points, remarking, a ‘vibrant Saint-Julien that will leave readers weak at the knees’. Finally, Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate awards it 94-96+ points, thus it is likely to outstrip the 2015 and challenge the 2016 vintage. In fact, if you like rich and powerful tannin, Poyferre has an IGT of 90, one of the highest of the vintage, or any vintage ever, it packs a punch. This is a stunning Leoville Poyferre which although fully priced on release is a superb addition to any collectors cellar.
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. After the revolution, and with one quarter of the property already sold to Hugh Barton (Leoville Barton), the decedents of the Marquis Las Cases sold a second quarter to the Baron de Poyferre-Ceres in 1840. In 1866 Armand Lalande and Baron d’Erlanger purchased the Chateau for one million Francs (£200,000) and ran it successfully until the 1890s when it was sold to Edouard Lawton. During the latter half of the 19th century Poyferre enjoyed a period as the highest price Second Growth. After the First World War the family of Bordeaux based Negociants assumed ownership. The estate has remained in their control since and is currently presided over by Didier Cuvelier. The quality of the wine suffered a marked decline during the mid-part of the 20th Century. However, under Didier, who has run the Chateau for over 20 years, Leoville Poyferre has undergone a resurgence and is producing wines worthy of its predecessors.
Leoville Poyferre is located in the St. Julien appellation of the Medoc and winemaking is carried out with exacting standards. Michel Rolland was appointed in 1995 as a consultant and this has seen an increase of quality. The wine used to be the least full bodied of the three Leovilles, now it has a distinct fleshiness and defined structure that has put it on an equal footing to its neighbours.
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