Château Léoville Poyferré Saint Julien Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc
Region: Saint Julien, Bordeaux
In 1855 Emperor Napoleon III requested a classification system for France's best Bordeaux wines that were to be on display for visitors from around the world, the result was the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.
An icon of balance and tradition, St. Julien boasts the highest proportion of classed growths in the Médoc. While it doesn’t have any first growths it does have five second growth chateauxs, two superb growths and four fourth growths. While the actual class rankings set in 1855 (first, second, and so on the fifth) today do not necessarily indicate a score of quality, the classification system is important to understand in the context of Bordeaux history. Léoville has since split into three châteaus and Château Léoville-Poyferré has been in the hands of the Cuvelier family since 1920. 2014 was an Indian summer in Bordeaux which helped promote ripeness, and the fruit for this vintage was harvested the first two weeks of October. The blend is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Expect a great depth of flavour, cassis, blackberry jam, stewed dark cherries, full bodied, with a hint of spice and white pepper, and a persistent finish.