1996 - Ch Léoville Poyferré 2ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Poyferré
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2007 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
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1996 CH LÉOVILLE POYFERRÉ 2ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Poyferré
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2007 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,652.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, October 2016,
    Score: NA

    The 1996 Leoville-Poyferre has been a wine that has delighted and vexed in recent years. Now reaching its 20th birthday, the bouquet does feel a little disjointed with a tarry, herbaceous note that does not sync with the fruit. The palate is slightly better and the acidity is well judged. Yet that herbaceous, almost charred note comes through again and the finish feels dry and austere and a little bitter. Certainly compared to other Saint Julien wines, this is a Leoville Poyferre that falls short. Didier Cuvelier has numerous, much more successful wines to his name following this 1996, not a wine I would immediately reach for. I will resist scoring based on this bottle and seek to re-evaluate in the future. Tasted July 2016. Neal Martin Score NA Drink Date 2016

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, January 1998,
    Score: 90-92

    Of the three Leovilles, Poyferre is usually the most backward and difficult to taste when young. The 1996 represents only 45% of the vineyard's total production, and the wine's final blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. In contrast to the more flattering and charming 1995, the 1996 possesses a dense purple color, a backward, unevolved personality, yet enough sweet fruit, extract, density, purity, and length to suggest outstanding potential. Medium-bodied, with a gorgeous sweet blueberry taste, this wine has weight and intensity, as well as very high tannin. It will require significant cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025. Last tasted 3/97.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 1998,
    Score: 91-93

    Extremely closed and backward, but oh, so impressive, the 1996 (as well as the 1995) is a wine that should be purchased only by patient Bordeaux connoisseurs. The 1996 offers a dark, dense ruby/purple color, followed by a reluctant but promising nose of cassis, licorice, spicy oak, and minerals. Powerful and medium to full-bodied, with high tannin but a sensational finish (35+ seconds), this deep, serious, uncompromising claret will require a decade of cellaring. It is a brilliant wine, but long-term aging is warranted. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2040.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 1999,
    Score: 93

    This fabulous 1996 was tasted three times from bottle, and it is unquestionably the finest wine produced by this estate since their blockbuster 1990. Medium to full-bodied, with a saturated black/purple color, the nose offers notes of cedar, jammy black fruits, smoke, truffles, and subtle new oak. In the mouth, there is impressive fruit extraction, a tannic, full-bodied structure, and a classic display of power and finesse. The longer it sat in the glass, the more impressive the wine became. Backward, and massive in terms of its extract and richness, this should prove to be a sensational Leoville-Poyferre for drinking over the next three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2028.

  • CC

    Clive Coates, June 2001,
    Score: 17/20

    Fullish colour. Lovely fresh, elegant nose.Very Saint-Julien. Very pure fruit. Fullishbody. Very ripe. Gently oaky. The attack isfine and stylish. It lacks just a little gripthough. Very good indeed nonetheless.Drink 2005-2016

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Producer

Château Léoville Poyferré

Similar to Pichon Longueville, the three Léovilles (Las Cases, Barton and Poyferré) were originallypart of the same estate - in fact, the largest in Bordeaux at the time of the revolution. In the early 1800s, the estate was divided into three distinct properties. Though it bears the same forename of its famous siblings, Poyferré is least known. Fortunately, this is changing. Through modernisation, exceptional vineyard management and meticulous winemaking, it is emerging as a star in its own right. Leoville Poyferre also produces the excellent Ch Moulin Riche.

Region

St Julien

St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.