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Chateau Leoville Poyferré

Saint Julien

Location: Chateau Leoville Poyferre is not all on the same piece of land. While the Chateau itself neighbors Leoville Las Cases, the vineyards lie, somewhat scattered, further to the west in the appellation of Saint Julien.

Size: 120 acres producing 20,000 cases.

Classification: Second Growth

Vineyard: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc.

Vinification: Classic methods, 20 months in oak barrels of which one-third is renewed each year.

History: Before the revolution, the estate, that is now divided into the three "Leoville" chateaux, was one immense domaine belonging to Alexandre de Gasq. After the revolution, Jean de Gasq took control of the largest section of the vineyard, and subsequently gave part of this land as his daughter's dowry when she married the Baron Poyferre. Since the 1920's, it has been owned by the Medoc wine firm of Cuvelier et Fils.

Style: A wonderful vineyard site and high proportion of old vines give this chateau much potential. Increasingly richer and more complex, Leoville Poyferre is one of the rising stars in Saint Julien.

Food: Serve with grilled meats and game.