2020 Léoville Poyferré

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Winemakers Note

Although 2020 will inherently be remembered by all, for the Cuvelier Family it is of special significance, as it bookmarks the centennial of the Family’s ownership of this Second Grand Cru Classé in Saint-Julien. Against all odds, this vintage managed to deliver its promise and perfectly reveal the timelessness of the terroirs of Chateau Léoville Poyferré. Since 1920, the Cuvelier Family has contributed to the tailoring of the unique style of Chateau Léoville Poyferré with care, thoughtfulness and passion whilst cultivating a free-spirited approach unhindered by convention. These "aventuriers du vin", wine adventurers, originally from the north of France, have always had an eye out to the horizon, pursuing their objective: always seeking to improve the wine. Each generation has been the guardian and torch bearer of this ideal, confident of the savoir-faire of their teams throughout the century. They rely on the best kept secret of the property: a terroir of multifaceted graves soils dispersed accross the famous plateau of Léoville in Saint-Julien. This is how the family have come to make the famous words of Antoine de Saint Exupéry their own : "What is essential is invisible to the eye". Fourth generation to preside over the destiny of the estate, Sara Lecompte Cuvelier wanted to pay homage to the real strengths of Léoville Poyferré that may not necessarily be seen at first glance: a secular know-how paired with the complexity of the terroirs. She has imagined, for the first time in the Chateau's history, a commemorative bottle that reveals the contours of the vineyard engraved into the glass. Each golden dot glimmers like the inifinite nuances that are offered by the different plots in the vineyard, enticing the owner to discover some of the names of these precious plots: "Bolitorte", where the Merlots are racy and opulent, or "Gaunettes", where the Cabernets Sauvignon are sumptuous and elegant. Key Points - Family owned and managed - A special bottle to celebrate the 100 years of ownership of the Cuvelier Family - A high quality and well rated wine Surface area 60 hectares dedicated to the production of Chateau Léoville Poyferré and its second wine Average age of vines 39 years, excluding replacement vines Soils Terraces of Mindel gravel, sandy-clay subsoil Harvest Manual harvest into crates. Manual sorting of whole bunches, then individual berry sorting by optical sorter. Yield 35.88 hl/ha Certifications Integration of the SME (Environmental Management System) of Bordeaux wines in 2016 HVE 3 (High Environmental Value) certification since the 2017 vintage Vathouse Double-walled, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks Vinification Plot-by-plot with pre-fermentation cold macerations (6-8 days), alcoholic fermentations with selected yeast Malolactic fermentation in new barrels Ageing 18 - 20 months in French oak barrels (80% new, 20% second-fill) Traditional racking and egg white fining in barrel

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