“...lots of ripe tannins and solid depth of fruit... Excellent length.”
96-97 POINTS - JAMES SUCKLING
Today sees a release from another one of Saint-Julien’s top performers - Chateau Leoville Poyferre. The estate has produced a fantastically plush, hedonistic wine in 2019 with superb power and energy - with a 25% reduction in release price against the 2018 vintage.
The winery always manages to achieve good ripeness to its tannins and has a real feel for how much to extract before pulling back to retain tension, energy and freshness in the wine. The estate describes how in 2019 the extraction potential was “naturally effortless”. Pump overs were meticulously monitored per vat in plot selections, the pump overs were completely slowed down or stopped once the must had reached a density of 1030 IPT to only extract the finest tannins from the skins and not the pips.
The blend is relatively classic for Chateau Leoville Poyferre with just a touch less Petit Verdot due to one plot's high yields not reaching the quality necessary for the Grand Vin. This resulted in an assemblage of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.
Sara Lecompte Cuvelier, now in her second vintage in charge of the estate after a fantastic 2018 debut, described the atypical nature of the vintage with regards to the quantity and ripeness of the tannins balanced by a lovely freshness and acidity to the wine. She attributes this to the cool, fresh nights during August and September.
The 2019 vintage combines power and freshness with a creamy unctuosity on the palate which makes it very easy to enjoy. There is tremendous energy to the wine with a fantastic poise on the finish. This is exceptional.