2012 LEOVILLE POYFERRE / 波菲

Something about Chateau Leoville Poyferre

With origins dating back to the early seventeenth century, the Second Great Classified Growth Château Léoville Poyferré is one of the most prestigious properties in the Saint-Julien appellation on the Left Bank of the Bordeaux region. Under the control of the Cuvelier family, Didier Cuvelier took over the reins of the Saint-Julien estate from 1979, and since then has run the estate with masterful hands.

Great wines come from great terroirs. Bordering illustrious neighbours like Châteaux Latour, Pichon Baron and Léoville Las Cases, Château Léoville Poyferré is famous for its terroir. The fine Garrone gravel soil give the vines the perfect conditions to produce exceptional wines.

From the vineyard to the cellar, Château Léoville Poyferré wines reflect an ongoing quest for perfection. Moments after the harvest, the berries are carefully handled with the greatest respect for the terroir so that the wines can convey the unique identity of the Médoc. Michel Rolland keeps a watchful eye on the parcel vinifications so that the most beautiful expressions of each variety and each plot are gently extracted.

With the purity of fruit and the harmony of oak ageing, the wines of Château Léoville Poyferré offer a bouquet with a broad spectrum of aromas and subtle spice. With wines from an exceptional terroir, this gem of Saint-Julien sparkles with its elegance, finesse and depth that all contributes to the balance and power of the wines. Château Léoville Poyferré are perfectly expressive in their youth, but they can also evolve superbly over the years.

Color

Red

Region

France

Sub-Region

Saint Julien

Vintage

2012

Size Price/BTL Total Price Availability
1x75cl $620.00 HKD $620.00 HKD 9 Immediate

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FROM THE
EXPERTS

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. Drink: 2020 - 2045.

Tasted twice with consistent notes, the Grand Vin is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot (there is no Cabernet Franc unlike in 2011.) It was picked between 8th October and 19th October at 36hl/ha, when there was a torrential downpour and two plots were spoiled. The grapes were sorted on an Italian optical sorting machine. There is certainly impressive purity and intensity on the nose with ripe blackberry dark plum and touches of vanilla, a little more exotic than the 2011 this time last year. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe sweet tannins. It is typically relatively modern in style, quite opulent for a 2012 with a rounded, velvety finish with plush new oak (85%). Very fine. Tasted April 2013.

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.

A dark, fleshy wine, the Léoville Poyferré 2012 is round, succulent and deeply expressive. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, graphite and lavender are fused together in an effortless, silky Saint-Julien built on texture. Striking and totally beautiful, the 2012 will be ready to deliver its charms early. All the elements are in the right place. This is a gorgeous showing from Léoville-Poyferré. The 2012 is perhaps not an epic wine, but is gorgeous today and should provide considerable pleasure over the next 15-20 years. The blend is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.

Dark purple. Some real energy hidden in this, not desperately expressive wine. Voluptuous on the palate. Gosh what a lot of effort has gone into this. Full marks for effort… Lots of lusciousness and then it's drawn to a dry close like someone tightening a purse string. Though I'd guess not too much purse-string tightening while making this… Appealing freshness.

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