2016 Leoville-Poyferre (St-Julien)

Origin
St-Julien, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
drink or keep
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Wine Score
96 points, Neal Martin, vinous.com, January 2019 95-97 pts, Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Apr 2017 96 pts, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2017 95 pts, Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, Apr 2017 18 pts, Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com, Apr 2017 94-97 p
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2016 Leoville-Poyferre (St-Julien)

Media Reviews

Neal Martin

The 2016 Léoville-Poyferré has a pH of 3.66 and an IPT level of 88. It seems to have tightened up since en primeur, now offering intense blackberry, bilberry and veins of blue fruit; there’s a little gloss here but the terroir comes through. The smooth, sensual palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, very well-judged acidity and great substance and style on the finish. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most sophisticated Poyferré in recent years. 13.6% alcohol. 96 points

Neal Martin

The 2016 Leoville-Poyferre is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Didier Cuvelier told me that color leeched out naturally and he conducted an 8 day pre-fermentation maceration. Matured in 80% new oak with some malolactic in barrel, it has a typical bouquet for this estate with opulent but neatly controlled, billowing scents of black cherries, black plum, crème de cassis and violets. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine tannin, a killer line of acidity and perh with clear tension where the skin of the wine is pulled tightly over the drum. It is less of a `classical` St-Julien than some this year, but it is entirely of itself, and excellent. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, with a full 55% of the overall production making it into the grand vin, which has 3.66pH. Michel Rolland has been consultant for many years, working closely alongside owner Didier Cuvelier. 96 pointsMore than half of the production went into the Grand Vin in 2016, and the quality of the wine more than justifies it. Lively, perky and refreshing, it’s the best Léoville-Poyferré since 2010, with plenty of structure, granular tannins, smoky oak and a core of crunch, dark berry fruit. Drink 2026-36. 95 points

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