Château Léoville Poyferré 2022

Special Price $114.95 Average US Price $119.00
Pre-Arrival   Usually arrives from France in 1-6 months
SKU
3435-2022
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• Domaine: Château Léoville Poyferré
• Appellation: Saint-Julien
• Classification: Second Growth, 2ème Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

At Château Léoville Poyferré the motto is, “The essential is invisible to the eye.”  This esteemed Saint-Julien producer does not believe in the extreme pomp and circumstance of an over-the-top château.  Instead, they believe that true opulence stems from their winemaking team, terroir, and their classically luxurious wines.

This Second Growth Estate has arguably some of the best terroir and is capable of producing some of the most striking wines in Saint-Julien.  Prior to its inception in 1840, Château Léoville Poyferré was a small portion of the vastly enormous Léoville Estate.  Château Léoville was a leader in terms of viticultural innovation.  They allowed for grapes to produce smaller berries which would inevitably yield a richer, more concentrated wine.  They trellised their grapes with pinewood – something that was considered revolutionary at the time.  They also were among the first to age their wine in oak barrels and clean them with a sulfur solution.  These may not seem like major breakthrough ideas in our current era, but in the 1800s they were considered revolutionary.  

Eventually after the French Revolution, the massive Léoville Estate was parceled off into Château Léoville Las Cases, Château Léoville Barton and Château Léoville Poyferré.  Funnily enough, all three estates still share the same parking lot, and the buildings remain connected – just as they were centuries ago.  Château Léoville Poyferré was acquired by Jeanne-Marie Poyferré de Ceres.  After a period of turbulence, the estate was purchased by the Cuvelier family in the 1920s and that’s when Château Léoville Poyferré rose to prominence.  The Cuvelier family had a strong history as négociants, and purchased other successful estates including Château Le Crock in 1903.  In 1979 Didier Cuvelier became the cellar master and took the estate to new heights by implementing a 19-year program to replant the vineyards.  Didier doubled the vineyard from 48 hectares to what it is today, 80 hectares.  The estate is currently managed by his highly gifted niece, Sara Lecompte Cuvelier. 

One might think that with such a “no frills” ethos, the team at Léoville Poyferré may not prioritize having some of the most innovative technology.  This is not the case, and though they are about simplicity, Château Léoville Poyferré vehemently embraces new winemaking technology.  In 2010 Léoville Poyferré renovated their vat rooms with a state-of-the-art underground pipe system to delicately transfer the wine from the tanks to the barrels.   Prior to this ingenious system, the wine was moved by hand and tractors.  

Like any great visionary estate, the team at Château Léoville Poyferré also takes immense pride in sustainability and producing their wines with great responsibility.  Château Léoville Poyferré proudly carries a High Environmental Value (HEV) score of 3.  They are also members of the Environmental Management System of the Interprofessional Council of Bordeaux Wine. The wines they produce are beautiful and elegant, favoring Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller additions of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.  Because of their increasing quality with each passing vintage, Château Léoville Poyferré is a producer that should be on everyone’s radar.  

Tasting Notes

"The 2022 Léoville Poyferré has turned out very nicely, offering up aromas of crème de cassis, cherries, violets and creamy new oak, followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich and fleshy palate that's ripe but lively, with supple tannins and a long, vanillin-inflected finish. This year, the team began picking their Merlot comparatively early and didn't perform a saignée (tank bleed), given the natural concentration of the vintage, though it remains the most flamboyant and demonstrative of the three Léoville estates, seeing some 80% new oak with malolactic fermentation in barrique for the new barrels. It will be a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot." - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (05/2023) Ratings: 94-96

"I was blown away by the 2022 Château Léoville Poyferré, which is a classic blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and 4% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Harvest spanned from the 8th to the 28th of September, the vinification is in tronconique tanks (parcel by parcel), and the élevage will span 18-20 months in 80% new barrels. This inky hued beauty offers that rare mix of power and elegance and offers ample cassis and assorted blue fruits, full-bodied richness, an opulent, concentrated, yet flawlessly balanced mouthfeel, velvety tannins, and plenty of classic Saint-Julien violets, espresso roast, and crushed stone-like minerality. Despite its incredible concentration and depth, it stays beautifully balanced. In a region that seems to only talk about finesse and elegance, it's a relief to still have producers such as this producing powerful, intense, singular wines. Hats off to the Cuvelier family and their team." Jeb Dunnuck, (5/2023) Ratings: 97-100

"Dense and succulent fruit and tannins, beautifully powerful, with fresh acidities, beautifully spicy with notes of black cherries, fresh figs, eucalyptus, rosemary, rose petals and cassis. Muscular tannins shot through with salted caramel sweetness, lifted by saffran and slate. Accomplished, impressive. Harvest September 8 to 28. 80% new oak from 16 different coopers." Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux, (04/17/2023) Ratings: 96 

"The 2022 Léoville-Poyferré is unctuous, deep and super-expressive, but not at all over-done. There's tremendous energy driving through a core of red/purplish fruit. Deceptively medium in body, the 2022 is a potent, statuesque Léoville-Poyferré that will offer many years of exceptional drinking." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (5/9/2023) Ratings: 94-96, Drink: 2030-2052

More Information
LWIN 1012387
Stock Status Pre-Arrival
Appellation Saint-Julien
Vintage 2022
Brand Chateau Leoville Poyferre
Shipping Weight 3.000000
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Saint-Julien is a prestigious wine appellation located in the Medoc region on the Left Bank along the Gironde estuary at the heart of Bordeaux. Known for its exceptional red wines, Saint-Julien benefits from a strategic geographical position between Pauillac and Margaux giving it a unique terroir. 

The viticultural history of Saint-Julien dates back several centuries, with deep roots in the winemaking traditions of Bordeaux. The appellation's soil is primarily composed of gravel, a mix of pebbles, sand, and clay that offers excellent drainage and contributes to the production of high-quality wines. 

The wines of Saint-Julien are mainly made from the traditional Bordeaux grape varieties such as Saint-Estèphe appellation. The principal grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Thanks to these grape varieties and ancestral winemaking expertise, Saint-Julien wines are distinguished by their finesse, aromatic complexity and remarkable aging potential. Saint-Julien wines are often described as harmonious and elegant, with aromas of black fruits, cedar, and mineral notes. Their balanced tannic structure and silky texture make them highly appreciated by amateurs of fine wines. 

Some of Saint-Julien wines are Third Growths and five of these Saint-Julien are highly rated Second Growths: Château Léoville Poyferré, Château Léoville Las Cases, Château Léoville Barton, Château Gruaud Larose and Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. Other famous estates include Château Lagrange, Château Beychevelle, Château Langoa Barton, Château Clos du Marquis, Château Gloria, Château Talbot, Château Saint-Pierre, Château Branaire Ducru.

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