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Château Léoville Poyferré 2005

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Léoville Poyferré has been owned by the Cuvelier family (who also own Château Le Crock) since 1921, yet it was not until the 1970s, when Didier Cuvelier took control at the château, that quality began to improve. In the last 20 years, Didier, with the assistance of Michel Rolland since 1995, has turned Léoville-Poyferré into one of St-Julien's finest estates.

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Léoville Poyferré has been owned by the Cuvelier family (who also own Château Le Crock) since 1921, yet it was not until the 1970s, when Didier Cuvelier took control at the château, that quality began to improve. In the last 20 years, Didier, with the assistance of Michel Rolland since 1995, has turned Léoville-Poyferré into one of St-Julien's finest estates.

Léoville Poyferré has 80 hectares of vineyards planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (25%), Petit Verdot (8%), and Cabernet Franc (2%). Léoville Poyferré traditionally produced the softest and most supple wine of the 3 Léovilles, yet in the last decade the wines have definitely put on weight and body. This is largely due to the grapes being harvested riper and later and because of the increased exposure to new oak in the maturation process. Now up with the best of the St-Juliens but still selling at non-scary prices, Léoville Poyferré is classified as a 2ème Cru Classé.

Robert Parker
Robert Parker
93 Léoville Poyferré’s dense ruby/purple 2005 is soft, round and juicy, with lots of blackcurrant fruit, plum and Asian spice. It is medium to full-bodied and, along with Léoville Las Cases and Saint-Pierre, probably one of the best St-Juliens I tasted in this retrospective. It is surprisingly supple and accessible. Drink it over the next 15 or so years. Drink 2015-2030.
Name Château Léoville Poyferré
Vintage 2005
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Saint-Julien
Classification 2em Cru Classé (2nd growth)
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Cabernet Franc
Format 750ml
Average Age of Vines 25-30 years
Production 250,000 bottles
Soil Gunzian gravel and sand over clay
Winemaking 4-5 weeks' fermentation and maceration in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks
Ageing 22 months in oak barrels (75% new)
Website http://www.leoville-poyferre.fr/
Food Pairings Beef; Mushrooms; Grilled Meat
Occasions Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 20 Years