Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2016

Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2016

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In 1638, the Leoville Estate was the largest domaine in the Medoc. Over the years, it was fragmented into numerous smaller estates. In 1840 Leoville Poyferre was formed. 15 years later, it was awared Second Growth status in the 1855 Classification of the Medoc. Currently the Cuveleir family owns the property.

Saint Julien is a small appelation, less than 1000 hectares in total. The soil is a result of sedimentary deposits of the Garonne Estuary composed of sand, gravel, clay and most importantly small rocks locally know as "Caillou" These small rocks help regulate temperture and the pourous soil allows for excellant drainage.


Wine Spectator: 98
The deep well of gorgeous cassis, blueberry paste and blackberry puree flavors will carry this for the long haul. Shows a terrific graphite underpinning and a flash of cold charcoal. This is a big one.
Wine Advocate: 97
The 2016 Leoville-Poyferre is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Didier Cuvelier told me that color leeched out naturally and he conducted an 8 day pre-fermentation maceration. Matured in 80% new oak with some malolactic in barrel, it has a typical bouquet for this estate with opulent but neatly controlled, billowing scents of black cherries, black plum, crme de cassis and violets. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine tannin, a killer line of acidity and perhaps one of the most harmonious Poyferr that I have encountered at this juncture. It just glides across the mouth and slips down the throat with consummate ease. Superb.
Decanter: 96
This is always a big, dramatic wine which does well in big vintages. Right through the palate you feel the beautiful architecture, and the beauty of 2016 means that the final impression is of a sophisticated but supremely balanced wine with a modern construction. Damsons and bilberries abound, with clear tension where the skin of the wine is pulled tightly over the drum. It is less of a 'classical' St-Julien than some this year, but it is entirely of itself, and excellent. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, with a full 55% of the overall production making it into the grand vin, which has 3.66pH. Michel Rolland has been consultant for many years, working closely alongside owner Didier Cuvelier.
Vinous: 97
A huge, soaring wine, the 2016 Loville-Poyferr is powerful, vivid and captivating. Vertical tannins and massive concentration belie the wine's 13.6% alcohol. The more virile, brooding side of Saint-Julien comes through in this decidedly potent wine. In 2016, many Saint-Juliens possess incredible richness and voluptuousness. Loville-Poyferr is arguably the most tannic and brooding of the wines of the appellation. I suspect the 2016 will take many years to be at its very best. A rush of dark fruit, leather, smoke, tobacco and chocolate add the final shades of nuance.
James Suckling: 96
The buildup on the palate is impressive with blackberry and blueberry character. Plenty of currants, too. Full-bodied, linear and tight. Racy tannins and a long finish. Shows tension, depth, real raciness and pure finesse. A combination of the best from both 2009 and 2010.