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From Leovillain to Leoville-Poyfection

From Leovillain to Leoville-Poyfection

Acquired direct from the Château via one of our négociants, are just six wooden cases made up of six vintages – 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2015 – from Saint-Julien Second Growth Château Léoville-Poyferré.

Dear Reader,

It was largely thanks to the appointment of Didier Cuvelier in 1979 to lead the way at Saint-Julien deuxième cru classé estate Château Léoville-Poyferré, that its wines and reputation now occupy the same realm in prestigious Bordeaux terms as that of its sister estates, Château Léoville-Las-Cases and Château Léoville-Barton. These three châteaux are all connected to the great Léoville estate which dates back to 1638 and the Moytié family who owned it. One Jean de Moytié married Jeanne de Bonneau in 1688 and they had two daughters. When Jean died, one of the daughters, Jeanne de Moytié, together with her husband Blaise Antoine Alexandre de Gascq, inherited the estate.

Blaise Antoine held the noble title of Léoville, and his estate included vineyards which are known today as Château d’Issan and Château Palmer. The history of the Médoc was still very much in its infancy, but the Léoville estate had already earned a good reputation and in hierarchical terms, wasn’t far behind the four First Growths at the time, Château Latour, Château Lafite, Château Margaux and Château Pontac (known today as Château Haut-Brion).

With no children to inherit, when Blaise Antoine died in 1753, Jeanne de Moytié’s sister Louise Jeanne de Moytié inherited. She married Jean Pierre d’Abbadie and they had one daughter, Anne Jeanne. She went onto marry a Pierre Gaston de Las Cases. There was another generation, but by the time of the French Revolution, many French nobles fled France in fear of their safety and the family property was sequestered. Instead of being sold in its entirety, the disruption of the family’s presence in the country resulted in the Léoville estate being divided up. One fifth was initially sold and it was the establishment of Château Léoville-Barton.

Anne Jeanne and Pierre Gaston de Las Cases’ son, Pierre-Jean de Las Cases, who had fled France returned to the family estate – the four-fifths of it that remained. Pierre-Jean ultimately retained around three-fifths which was the beginnings of Château Léoville-Las-Cases. The final little stake in the estate went to his sister Jeanne de Las-Cases and it is this smaller portion that later became Château Léoville-Poyferré.

Fast-forward and back to the appointment of Didier Cuvelier, he went about replanting more Cabernet Sauvignon – historically the estate was planted to more Merlot. Currently, of the estate’s 80 hectares, the proportions of vines planted are 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, (approximately 35 hectares), 23% Merlot (approximately 17 hectares), 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc (together approximately 11 hectares). The annual production of the Grand Vin sits at around 240,000 bottles.

”Whatever your opinion of the style of these wines, one thing is unquestionable, and that is we should now agree that Château Léoville-Poyferré is no longer the black sheep of the Léoville family; this estate now operates on an equal footing with Château Léoville-Las-Cases and Château Léoville-Barton. They have different styles, of course, one a first-growth pretender, the other wonderfully traditional and consistent, both styles contrasting with the slightly more voluptuous and tannin-laden nature of the 21st-century Château Léoville-Poyferré, but in terms of absolute quality it is only fair to say that this estate has returned to the deuxième cru classé fold.”
Chris Kissack |

There are just six mixed cases available and the wines only available as part of the vertical vintage wooden case. Orders will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For the Bordeaux lovers, this is the ultimate collector’s case!