Chateau Leoville Poyferre dates back to 1638, at the time, Leoville was the largest property in the Medoc. Over time and several generations it has become fragmented. Leoville Poyferre’s grand wine began its legacy in 1840 and was anointed a Second Classified Growth 15 years later. Didier Cuvelier has been in charge of the chateau’s well-being since 1979.
The Bourgeois of Bordeaux
Master Jean de Moytie, a nobleman of the Bordeaux bourgeois and councelor to the Bordeaux parliament, owned a vineyard planted on a gravel ridge in 1638. It was one of the first historic estates in the Medoc, existing before Fronde, along with Chateau Margaux, Chateau La Fitte, and Chateau de Calon.
1740 was the year that Alexandre de Gascq-Leoville-the new owner of Chateau Leoville- wanted to produce the best wines in the Medoc. The property underwent a complete makeover before his death. He achieved his goal of owning the largest vineyard in the Medoc, it covered 120 hectares.
Henri Cuvelier founded a wine trading company that developed rapidly in 1804. The business’ success was influenced by the revival of interest in Bordeaux wines, and in particular Classified Growths from the Medoc.
Many estates were purchased and added to Chateau Leoville Poyferre’s legacy over the next 200 years. Anne Cuvelier, Bertrand Cuvelier’s eldest daughter, elevated the quality of hospitality, wine tourism, and public relations that the chateau was known for. Her command of languages and international experience are invaluable assets for developing the chateau’s reputation, both near and far.
Terroir in Saint-Julien: Another dimension
The vines in the Saint-Julien appellation cover 80 hectares located between Margaux and Pauillac on the left bank. The land is covered with pebbles which act as a natural regulator of the soil’s temperature. The soil’s composition is layers of gravel, sand and clay. The vineyards have been sculpted by years of erosion, resulting in excellent drainage for the vines.
Around three weeks before harvest, Didier Cuvelier, Michel Rolland, the chateau’s oenologist, vineyard manager, and cellar master go through the vineyard tasting all of the grapes from the different plots. This is their last stage before planning to harvest the grapes by hand into small crates. Wines are aged in barrels for 18-20 months. The barrels are selected for their subtle oak flavours.
Chateau Leoville Poyferre is known for its distinctive architecture as well as its distinct wines. Leoville Poyferre’s style smoothly blends traditional structures using modern materials. The winemaking style is no different, blending years of wine-growing and terroir with new-age technology.
Balance & Complexity
Chateau Leoville Poyferre’s past has served as the foundation for an amazingly bright future. Over the past 3 decades, Chateau Leoville Poyferre has regained control of its image and quality. Their dynamic winemaking team is on the constant journey of improvement. The wines are an expert blend of balance and complexity. This 2nd Classified Growth from Saint–Julien aims to please and is pure joy in a bottle.