Château Léoville Poyferré 2013
A glorious summer
Following a cool damp spring, vine growth got off to a slow start, leading to an exceptionally late flowering. 2013 owes everything to a magnificent summer, especially a gorgeous month of July (the hottest since 1991) with more intense sunshine than August. Phenolic maturity was not disrupted by water stress. Plot-by-plot harvesting, then vinifications in our conical tanks revealed the best of our terroir despite the atypical conditions of the vintage.
The Wine Advocate – Neil Martin 91
The 2013 Léoville Poyferré has a lovely nose with simple blackcurrant and wild strawberry fruit, maintaining Didier Cuvelier’s more opulent style while retaining delineation and focus. The palate is medium-bodied with gently grippy tannin, good acidity and structure, not complex but with a very impressive blackberry and cassis finish that lingers in the mouth. Chapeau Monsieur Cuvelier – one of the best Saint Juliens this vintage.
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Terraces of Mindel gravel, sandy-clay subsoil
2nd to 17th October