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2017 Leoville Poyferre

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2017 Leoville Poyferre from Chateau Leoville Poyferre, St-Julien, Bordeaux

The notable 2017 vintages from Bordeaux have their unique story to tell, encapsulated within the ripened berries that weathered a challenging year. The 2017 Leoville Poyferre from Chateau Leoville Poyferre, regarded with considerable esteem within these narratives, stands out with an enduring grace that belies its turbulent inception.


Resilience in a Bottle: A Testament to Terroir and Tenacity

In the spring of that year, an unexpected frost swept across Bordeaux, sparing only those vineyards fortunate in elevation or situation. Chateau Leoville Poyferre's tenacity in face of adversity was reflected in the diligent safeguarding of its vines – an effort that produced grapes which blossomed into intricate layers of flavour.

The 2017 vintage of this exemplary St-Julien wine displays a balanced alchemy between strength and elegance. On the nose, it offers a bouquet bristling with blackcurrants and ripe plums, entwined with subtle hints of cedar and tobacco which herald the delicately integrated oak influence.


Precise Palate: Markers of an Astute Investment

Upon tasting, the wine presents a palate where the dense fruit core is complemented by supple tannins and fresh acidity, fostering a refined structure that conveys both intensity and precision. It is within these attributes that the vintage distinguishes itself – exhibiting a poised potential for maturation that is zealously noted by fine wine investors seeking longevity and complexity.

The 2017 Leoville Poyferre encapsulates the resilience of a remarkable terroir and the expertise of its winemaking team. It is wines such as this that fortify St-Julien's standing as one of Bordeaux's pivotal regions for enduring and investable wines.


Summing Up Sophistication: 2017 Vintage Performance

In summary, the 2017 Leoville Poyferre from Chateau Leoville Poyferre is both a triumph over climatic tribulation and a declaration of meticulous craftsmanship. Its layered complexity serves as an investment beacon for connoisseurs and collectors alike, affirming its status as one of St-Julien's most compelling contributions to the narrative of Bordeaux’s vintage variation.

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Very tight and energetic finish to this young, new red with currant and blackberry character. Hints of crushed stones. Dense and four-square with a chewy tannin structure and a long finish. Very muscular. Serious encore to the 2016. Same level?

James Suckling -


Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Léoville Poyferré needs a little coaxing to reveal pretty scents of violets, Black Forest cake and blueberry preserves with hints of raspberry leaves, roses, cigar box and fragrant earth. Medium-bodied, the palate has a quiet intensity with loads of subtle layers and a well-poised frame of soft, fine-grained tannins, finishing long and refreshing.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 16 March 2020


The 2017 Léoville-Poyferré boasts serious depth and concentration within the context of the year. Bright and floral, with beautifully layered fruit, the 2017 is at once gracious and powerful. Raspberry jam, chocolate, new leather and spice all flesh out in this decidedly exuberant, fleshy Saint-Julien. Many 2017s are quite open, but Léoville-Poyferré is quite reticent. Some of that may be attributable to high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in a blend composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Because of the late season rains, only 3 out of the 5 parcels that typically inform the Grand Vin were used. Tasted two times.

Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni - - May '18


Warm, displaying a slightly rounded feel for the vintage, this sports plum, cassis and blackberry compote flavors. A mouthwatering anise edge shows on the polished finish, with a well-buried graphite spine.—J.M.

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth -


Yields in 2017 were 44.34 hectoliters per hectare. The 2017 Léoville Poyferré is very deep purple-black in color with super intense notes of freshly crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and Sichuan pepper with hints of lavender, baking spices and wood smoke. The palate is medium-bodied, firm and grainy with restrained, understated fruit and a long, mineral-laced finish.

Wine Advocate - Lisa Perrotti-Brown -


The 2017 Léoville Poyferré was cropped at around 50hl/ha between 20 September and 6 October at 44hl/ha. It has a gorgeous bouquet that is very pure with scents of black cherry, cassis, cedar and a touch of graphite, all very focused and neatly entwined with the 85% new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, crisp and focused, very harmonious with a touch of cedar and black pepper towards the finish. I appreciate the combination of weight and finesse here, a really quite enthralling valedictory Léoville Poyferré who is due to retire this coming July. Bon vin.

Neal Martin - Neal Martin - - May '18

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