Once part of the great Leoville estate, Leoville Poyferre traditionally produces the softest and most supple wine of the 3 famous Leoville Chateaux. Owned by the Cuvelier family, a well respected wine making Bordealise dynasty; Leoville Poyferre is often described as more feminine in style than its muscular siblings as it is known for its harmony and finesse. A decade or so ago Leoville Poyferre was somewhat eclipsed by its powerful brothers but it has made huge strides since to take its place alongside them, whilst keeping its attractive individuality. Today; thanks to continous innovation, investment and ambition Leoville Poyferre is one of the most thrilling chateau in Medoc, producing a succession of great wines.
The original Leoville domaine dates back to 1638 and lay on the hillock just south of Latour, across the stream that divides the parish of Saint Julien from Pauillac. Even at this early point in the history of the Medoc, the estate was recognised as being second only to the four accepted first growths, (Châteaux Latour, Lafite, Margaux and Haut Brion). Under Louis XV the domaine passed into the hands of Alexandre de Gasq (who also owned Chateau de Gasq, known today as Chateau Palmer). It was he who named the domaine Leoville (which translates as Lion’s town) and his dream was to make it the model vineyard for the Medoc. He succeeded but thanks to the French Revolution and no direct heirs Leoville was broken up into Chateaux Leoville Las Cases, Leoville Poyferre and Leoville Barton (all of which are Second Growths).
Leoville Poyferre is excellent with goose, turkey, guinea fowl and chicken, dishes with rich sauces (particularly duck and braised beef), roast lamb and nut, bean and lentil dishes.
Critics Review: Robert Parker
Grapy, richly fruity, medium-bodied flavors of cocoa, white chocolate, spicy herbs, and black currants jump from the glass of this deliciously evolved, complex wine. It is a soft, easy-going St.-Julien to consume over the next 8-10 years
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