CHATEAU LEOVILLE POYFERRE 2012

Wine Region: Saint-Julien, France

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit verdot, Cabernet franc

Tasting Notes

Owned by the Cuvelier family since 1920, this property over the last 20 years has made some great wines in the Medoc. The 2012, a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, is opaque purple, thick-looking, and from bottle much more impressive than it was from barrel. This very extracted, rich, full-bodied, masculine Leoville Poyferre needs a good 5-8 years of bottle age and should evolve well for at least 20-25 years. Loads of blackberry and cassis, crushed rock and graphite notes are present in this medium to full-bodied, impressively concentrated and pure wine. Forget it for a while, as this is one of the bigger, richer Medoc.

Ratings

Wine Enthusiast 96 pts - 94–96. Barrel sample. This very ripe, full-bodied wine is powered by sweet blackberries and solid tannins. It is a full, concentrated and complex wine that has a great future.

James Suckling 93 pts - This is chewy with a balanced and polished tannin structure. Full body, with very good depth. Long finish. It keeps going on and on. Very well done. Better than 2011. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot. Merlot made it happen here.

Robert Parker 92 pts - Owned by the Cuvelier family since 1920, this property over the last 20 years has made some great wines in the Médoc. The 2012, a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, is opaque purple, thick-looking, and from bottle much more impressive than it was from barrel. This very extracted, rich, full-bodied, masculine Léoville Poyferré needs a good 5-8 years of bottle age and should evolve well for at least 20-25 years. Loads of blackberry and cassis, crushed rock and graphite notes are present in this medium to full-bodied, impressively concentrated and pure wine. Forget it for a while, as this is one of the bigger, richer Médocs.

Wine Spectator 91 pts - A solid, muscular version, with a slightly chewy feel along the edges, while the core of steeped plum, anise and blackberry paste waits in reserve. Reveals ample graphite details on the finish, with a warm fruitcake note chiming in. Just needs some cellaring to lose the burly edge. Best from 2017 through 2024.

About the Winery

Originally, the vineyards of Léoville Poyferré were one with those that today constitute the vineyards of Léoville Las Cases and Léoville Barton. The original domain was created by the parliamentarian Jean de Moytié in 1638. The wine is already well known, appreciated ?? and dear in the eighteenth century, thanks to the efforts of its owner since 1740, Blaise-Alexandre de Gasq, Lord of Léoville. Four of his heirs shared the estate during the Revolution. One of them, the Marquis de Las Cases, owner of a quarter of the lands, having fled abroad, the three others obtained from the Revolutionary State a partial confiscation of the field, bearing specifying on this quarter. This parcel will eventually become Léoville Barton. When sharing the remaining plots, which occurred in 1840, Jeanne de Poyferré, the marquis' granddaughter, inherited the current estate, which will take the name Château de Léoville Poyferré. The classification of Médoc wines comes shortly after, in 1855. The original property being divided into three farms, each is awarded the rank of Second Grand Cru Classé. Repeated several times, Léoville Poyferré died in 1920 to a family from the north, now represented by Didier Cuvelier.


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