Tasting Léoville Poyferré wines from 1961 to 2016
Read an in-depth report on the evolution of this St-Julien estate’s style with tasting notes and fresh ratings for more than 25 vintages; published exclusively for Premium members.
There are certain estates across Bordeaux that come with an unshakeable personality, whatever the vintage.
Léoville Poyferré is undoubtedly one of them, and it is more than happy to play up its non-conformist image.
It chose Michel Rolland as consultant in the mid-1980s (his second consultancy gig in the Médoc after the CVBG properties I believe), has always harvested on the later end of the scale and with lower yields than you normally find in the Médoc; usually 35hl/h compared to the usual 45hl/h.
It also blends at the end of ageing, rather than the beginning, and generally includes an unusually high proportion of Merlot compared to its neighbours, while also