Estate / Producer / Brand: Chateau Leoville Poyferré, 2e Grand Cru Classé

Region: Saint-Julien-Beychevelle, Bordelais, France

Appellation: AOC Saint-Julien, 2e Grand Cru Classé

Type: Dry red wine, non-sparkling

Vintage: 2016

Date of Tasting: March 2023

Type of viticulture: Certified High Environmental Value (HVE) level 3 since 2017

Grapes used: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon + 29% Merlot + 6% Petit Verdot + 2% Cabernet Franc

Vintage Blend: 100% grapes from 2016

Winemaking details: hand-harvested

Aging: 18-20 months in oak barrels (80% new oak barrels)

Sugar level: low (level of residual sugar not communicated)

Sulphites: contains sulphites


  • Colour = Ruby
  • Intensity = Deep


  • Intensity = Medium+
  • Aromas Characteristics = Primary + Secondary + Tertiary
  • Aromas = Black cherry, cedar, black pepper, plum, vanilla


  • Sweetness = Dry
  • Acidity =  Medium+
  • Tannins = High (fine grained & well-integrated)
  • Alcohol = Medium (13.5%)
  • Body = Full
  • Flavour Intensity = Pronounced
  • Flavour Characteristics = Primary + Secondary + Tertiary
  • Flavour details = Black cherry, cedar, black pepper, plum, vanilla, cloves, cocoa
  • Other = Fresh finish
  • Finish = Long
Chateau Leoville Poyferre, Saint-Julien, 2016


  • Overall Quality = Outstanding
  • Bottle Aging =
    • Can be kept at around 8°C for up to 15-20 years
    • Will gain complexity from aging
  • Retail Price = 125 euros for a 75cl individual bottle (France retail price, incl. taxes)
  • Value for Money = good
  • Comparison with same price competition = good
  • Suitability for Diabetics = level of residual sugar not communicated
  • Service Temperature = around 16°C
  • Suggested Food & Wine Pairing = beef with foie gras, snacked veal, roast chicken, a rack of lamb confit, Cantal cheese, Morbier with truffles (French cheese)
  • Comments = This wine offers a Medium+ intensity on the nose and a pronounced intensity on the palate. It has a beautiful balance balance acidity-aromas and tannins-aromas. It shows a great range of aromas and a beautiful expression of complexity. It has a complex, long and fresh finish. It is maybe slightly below than their 2015 vintage but there is no doubt that this is a great wine.
  • Final Grade = A

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Please note that although all efforts have been made to be as objective as possible, the general assessment inherently involves a degree of subjectivity based on a personal evaluation of the wine.

  • Overall Quality scale
    • Poor < Acceptable < Good < Very Good < Outstanding
  • Bottle Aging
    • Will it beneficiate from additional aging?
  • Retail Price
    • Usually the retail price for one bottle including taxes
  • Value for Money
    • Quality offered compared to the price paid
  • Comparison with same price competition
    • where does it stand compared to average competition of the same price range
  • Suitability for Diabetics
    • Evaluation of the level of final sugar for early stages diabetics
  • Comments
    • Any additional elements worth noting
  • Final Grade Scale
    • A++ = Out of the Charts Wine (Stellar, Hors Classe, Fuori Classe)
    • A+ = Outstanding Wine
    • A = Great Wine
    • A- = Very Very Good
    • B+ = Very Good
    • B = Good
    • B- = Noteworthy
    • C+ = Acceptable
    • C = Poor
    • F = The worst grade of this scale