Chateau Leoville Poyferre St Julien Second Growth Bordeaux 2010




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Tasting Notes :
Elegant and distinguished, this wine has a very beautiful
deep and brilliant robe. It is rich in aromas of blackcurrant
and toasted oak. The mouth is fruity with a very good and
persistent structure.

Owners : Cuvelier Family since 1920

Notes

• Robert Parker : 98/100
• Neal Martin : 93-95/100
• Michael Schuster : 93-95/100
• Jancis Robinson : 17.5/20
• Decanter : *****
• 100% Blind : 97.5/100

Robert
PARKER

Wine Advocate
-April 2010
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Score 97-100+
One of the stars of the vintage, it will be interesting to see if Poyferre ultimately eclipses Las Cases as the finest of the three Leovilles.
The 2009 is even better than the 2000, 2003, and 2005.
Its inky/purple color precedes a wine filled with extraordinary opulence, voluptuous
texture, and sweet
tannin.
It offers both intellectual and hedonistic pleasure with layer upon layer of ripe fruit.
Yields were 43 hectoliters per hectare, the blend is more than two-thirds
Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, and the natural alcohol is the
highest ever measured at this estate, 13.95%.
The high alcohol is not the least bit noticeable because of the extra
ordinary concentration and freshness possessed by most 2009s
a vintage characteristic that will serve these wines for decades to come.
This is a wine to purchase by the caseload.
It should drink well for 4-5 years
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Chateau Leoville Poyferre St Julien Second Growth Bordeaux 2010

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THE ORIGIN OF OUR PROPERTY

In the reign of Louis XIII, in 1638, a certain Jean de Moytié, Counsellor of the Bordeaux parliament and a noble bourgeois of the town, owned a beautifully sloped gravelly vineyard near the River. This place, as was the tradition, was named after its owner and thus became the “Mont-Moytié.”

Historically, the production of Mont-Moytié was among the first Médoc wines, along with the “Château de Margaux”, the “Tour de Saint-Lambert” or the “Château de La Fitte” in Pauillac and the “Château de Calon”, in Saint-Estèphe, which were all established before the period of civil war known as La Fronde (1648-1653.)

These were the first estates to appear in the Médoc parishes, which were later to become commune appellations.

PREPARATION

About three weeks before the harvest, Didier CUVELIER, Michel ROLLAND, Isabelle DAVIN (the château's own oenologist), Bruno CLENET (vine manager) and Didier THOMANN (cellar master) go over the whole vineyard, tasting berries to add their personal impressions to the data gathered through analyses.

At this time a careful study is made of the state of health of the grapes in each plot and a harvest plan is set up. During these weeks before and during picking these visual and tasting checks are carried out regularly. They are an essential complement to the sugar content/acidity and tannin/anthocyanin analyses performed in our own laboratory.

At Léoville Poyferré, the date to begin harvesting is decided jointly by the consultant oenologist and the technical team one week before the first bunch is cut.

ACTION

Since 1994, the handpicked bunches are placed delicately in small crates for transport to the vinification cellar. The bunches are sorted by hand before de-stemming and are then sorted a second time mechanically and manually before crushing. Different plots and grape varieties are vatted separately in the 35 stainless steel vats.

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