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Château Léoville Poyferré 2003
2nd Classified Growth in 1855
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Château Léoville Poyferré
Synonymous with aromatic finesse and elegance, Château Léoville Poyferré is located north of the prestigious Saint-Julien appellation. It was born in 1840 following the various divisions of Domaine de Léoville and became the property of Baron de Poyferré who added his name to it. It was crowned Second Grand Cru Classé in the prestigious 1855 classification. The Cuvelier family, wine merchants, acquired it in 1920. Didier Cuvelier has led for 40 years a restructuring of the vineyard in the respect of the environment and the soil. His cousin Sara Lecompte Cuvelier took over the reins in 2018.
The vineyard reaches an area of 58 hectares of vines, planted to 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. The wines are aged entirely in oak barrels, 80% of which are new barrels over a period of 18 to 20 months.
The Pavillon de Poyferré, Second wine of Domaine, is mostly made from Merlot in large majority.
The Château Léoville Poyferré is a sublime wine, offering plenty of power and body without losing its subtlety.
Critics Château Léoville Poyferré 2003.
Description Château Léoville Poyferré 2003.
The 2003 vintage in Bordeaux was a very sunny one. The memory of the scorching heat, particularly notable during the first two weeks of August, is still fresh in our minds. However, the rainfall was distributed throughout the season, allowing the vines not to suffer too much from the drought and the heat. The more temperate month of September allowed the grapes to complete their maturation and to obtain an excellent aromatic potential.
Blend of the 2003 vintage: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.
The robe is a deep and sustained color, with brilliant tiled reflections.
The nose offers a warm and very complex bouquet, with notes of very ripe black fruits, kirsch cherry, wood and cinnamon, supported by a floral and mentholated touch.
Introduced in the mouth, it is fleshy, silky and particularly aromatic, delivering fruity and peppery flavors. The tannins are generous and elegant, making it stretch out for a long time and giving it a lot of freshness. The finish is long and persistent, signing a particularly distinguished Saint-Julien.
Food and wine pairing:
Château Léoville Poyferré 2003 will go very well with grilled leg of lamb, fillet of beef in a Madeira crust, boar leg confit, fillet of wild boar with beet butter and chanterelle mushrooms or duck breast with a Pinot Noir sauce.
For a pairing with cheese, choose uncooked pressed cheeses: Edam, Gouda, Saint-nectaire, morbier, Tomme de Savoie or Salers.
For dessert, enjoy it with a tiramisu, a milk chocolate and hazelnut dessert or an Opera cake.
Ageing potential and tasting:
Château Léoville Poyferré 2003 can still wait in the cellar for another 5 to 6 years to refine its great potential, which will always be perceptible.
However, it is ready to be tasted now. To do so, take care to open the bottle in the serving room at room temperature and to decant it ideally 6 to 7 hours before tasting.
The bottles will be kept in the cellar protected from light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.