2016 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Wine Tasting Note


2016 Château Léoville Poyferré  (St. Julien) 97

Starting to tighten up here, still, it is impossible not to be wowed by the wine with all its richness, elegance, soft, supple tannins and layers of perfectly ripe red fruits. Full-bodied and loaded with layers of sweet red fruits with the perfect amount of freshness to keep it interesting, my bet is, once the wine has filled out and softened, it will score at a higher level as it is only starting to get going.

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Still young, as you would expect, you find espresso, wet earth, smoke, licorice and dark red fruits on the nose. The wine is full-bodied, rich, polished, silky, voluminous and fresh. The wine is generous to a fault delivering layer after layer of deep, dark, ripe, luscious fruit. This is a tribute to Didier Culvier, because this is his last vintage as he retired in 2018. And it is one of his best!

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Deep in color, the wine is plush, rich, dense and sensuous. There is a purity of fruit that is easy to sense. The wine has vibrance, length and density, the tannins are supple and refined, allowing you to get the most out of the layers of fruit that just do not want to quit. I am tempted to add another point here, as this was so good. By the time the wine is in bottle, I just might!

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Sophisticated and drizzled with opulence, these sexy, supple fruits and creamy tannins feel as good as they taste. This wine is endless in depth with a penetrating bullet of pure, silken fruit in the finish. Blending 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.66. The harvest took place October 5 to October 20, the Grand Vin representing 56% of the harvest.

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Leoville Poyferre Glass Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Leoville Poyferre, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Leoville Poyferre can be enjoyed on the young side with a several hours of decanting. However, I find it too tannic and powerful young to be fun to taste. The wine is usually better with 10-15 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character.

In the best years, the wine will best between 15 and 35 years of age after the vintage. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-4 hours or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Leoville Poyferre with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Leoville Poyferre is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Leoville Poyferre is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Leoville Poyferre is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

The estate produces two additional wines; Moulin-Riche, which comes from a specific 21 hectare parcel of vines in the St. Julien appellation that was purchased back in 1920 by the Cuvelier family. At one point in time, Moulin Riche was considered to be the second wine of Leoville Poyferre, but that is not the case today.

Now, the second wine of Leoville Poyferre is actually Pavillon de Leoville Poyferre. The family also owns a successful negociant company that they started in 1804, H. Cuvelier and Fils.