Joining others this vintage, Leoville Poyferre has released with a special label to celebrate 100 years of the Cuvelier family at the head of the estate. This Saint Julien chateau has really risen up the quality ranks in Bordeaux in recent years becoming one of the finest in the appellation. The 2020 release continues this amazing run of form with top scores from all critics. Antonio Galloni awards it 95-97 points, describing it as, “In a word: magnificent.” Galloni adds: “In recent vintages, Léoville-Poyferré has been more opulent, but the 2020 shows off a towering, vertical build framed by a soaring spine of tannin.” His stablemate Neal Martin also gives it 95-97 calling it “a very suave and sophisticated wine that will give 30–40 years of drinking pleasure. Easily one of the classiest offerings from this Saint-Julien in recent years.” Jeb Dunnuck grants it 95-97+ points, noting that it’s, “Cut from the same cloth as the 2016 with its focused, pure, yet concentrated style, the 2020 Château Léoville Poyferré reveals a dense purple color as well as ultra-classic notes of crème de cassis, graphite, toasted spice, and unsmoked tobacco.”

The release price today is £432 per six or £864 per 12 IB. It is clear that Leoville Poyferre is having something of a renaissance and the output has been consistently brilliant over the last few years with sell out wines in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The 2020 release is exceptional and we advise adding a case or two to your cellar before it is sold out. 
Leoville Poyferre was originally part of the ancient Leoville estate that took up a vast portion of Saint Julien in the 17th and 18th Centuries. After the revolution, and with one quarter of the property already sold to Hugh Barton (of Leoville Barton), the decedents of the Marquis Las Cases sold a second quarter to the Baron de Poyferre-Ceres in 1840. In 1866 Armand Lalande and Baron d’Erlanger purchased the Chateau and ran it successfully until the 1890s when it was sold to Edouard Lawton. During the latter half of the 19th century Poyferre enjoyed a period as the highest priced Second Growth. After the First World War a family of Bordeaux based Negociants assumed ownership. The estate has remained in their control since then and is currently presided over by Didier Cuvelier.