Château Léoville Poyferré 2011
The year of precision
Precision in working the soil in dry years is essential. Accompanied by leaf thinning, this limits water evaporation from the soil and the vine. Our new optical sorter allowed for precise selection of naturally concentrated grape berries. The sorter is calibrated for each variety, and is able to eliminate any unripe grapes. Pre-fermentation cold macerations revealed the purity of the fruit and aromas. Vinifications and pump-overs were adapted to target gentle extractions of tannins and color, while the duration and temperature of vatting optimized the quality of tannins. This vintage is the perfect combination of intensity and delicious fruit.
The Wine Advocate – Robert Parker 94
This property, which has been on a qualitative tear over the last generation, has produced one of the most successful wines of 2011….It is broad, rich, medium to full-bodied and dense. It boasts an inky/purple color as well as lots of concentration, silky tannins, and a bigger, richer mouthfeel than any of its St.-Julien peers. The result is one of the stars of the vintage. Renoted 2014
58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot
Terraces of Mindel gravel, sandy-clay subsoil
19th September to 1st October