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Leoville Poyferre


Tasting Notes

WA93

This fabulous 1996 was tasted three times from bottle, and it is unquestionably the finest wine produced by this estate since their blockbuster 1990. Medium to full-bodied, with a saturated black/purple color, the nose offers notes of cedar, jammy black fruits, smoke, truffles, and subtle new oak. In the mouth, there is impressive fruit extraction, a tannic, full-bodied structure, and a classic display of power and finesse. The longer it sat in the glass, the more impressive the wine became. Backward, and massive in terms of its extract and richness, this should prove to be a sensational Leoville-Poyferre for drinking over the next three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2028.

WS90

Blackberry, mineral and citrus fruit aromas. Full-bodied, with slightly angular tannins, but fruity, with a pleasant tobacco undertone on the finish.


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The Winery

Château Leoville Poyferre

"There is a perpetual tendency to categorize other people's actions and achievements by their so-called recipes. I have to disappoint you. I would say that my first recipe is the fact that I do not have a recipe. For me, everything started on my own properties. As a result of continuous observation, I decided to experiment with ideas which turned out to be improvements."
- Michel Rolland on the “Rolland Method”

Leoville Poyferre at one time was a member of the Leoville Estate which also included Leoville Las Cases and Leoville Barton. The Saint Julien estates were initially split up during the French Revolution, and again finally in 1840 when Poyferre was born. The Cuvelier family is the current owner, and operations in the cellar are closely counseled by Michael Rolland. Taking a turn for modern, with Rolland at the helm, is what really rescued the estate and resulted in some outstanding vintages in the 80’s. Can’t make money without spending it, so major renovations were made both in the cellar and in the vineyards. What is really remarkable about the estate is the absolutely reasonable pricing along with the balance in the wines, which can be attributed to the use of 75% new French oak.

www.leoville-poyferre.fr



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