Château Léoville Poyferré 2016
The magic of the summer solstice
As the saying goes, “After the rain comes the sun.” This rang true on June 21st, the first day of summer. Suddenly, as if by magic, the sun shone brightly and continued until harvest, bringing on a salutary dry spell after winter and a rainy spring.
Sumptuous fruitiness, unctuosity of 2009, balance and density of 2010… Such are the characteristics of 2016, with remarkable length on the palate, the seduction and elegance of one of the greatest vintages.
Vinous – Antonio Galloni 94 – 97
A huge, soaring wine, the 2016 Léoville-Poyferré is powerful, vivid and captivating. Vertical tannins and massive concentration belie the wine’s 13.6% alcohol. The more virile, brooding side of Saint-Emilion comes through in this decidedly potent wine. In 2016, many Saint-Juliens possess incredible richness and voluptuousness. Léoville-Poyferré is arguably the most tannic and brooding of the wines of the appellation. I suspect the 2016 will take many years to be at its very best. A rush of dark fruit, leather, smoke, tobacco and chocolate add the final shades of nuance.
Wine Spectator – James Molesworth 95 – 98
The deep well of gorgeous cassis, blueberry paste and blackberry puree flavors will carry this for the long haul. Shows a terrific graphite underpinning and a flash of cold charcoal. This is a big one.
Planted Grape Varieties
61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc
Terraces of Mindel gravel, sandy-clay subsoil
5th to 20th October