The third Léoville, Léoville Poyferré, was separated from Las Cases in 1840. Owned by the Cuvelier family (Bordeaux shippers) since 1920, the vineyard consists of 4 large plots with a total surface area of 80 hectares.
The terroir is composed of glacial gravel on a limestone plateau.
Significant renovation work was carried out over a 20 year period, and Léoville Poyferré now benefits from modern winemaking facilities in keeping with the estate's ambitions.
The whole vineyard was gradually replanted starting in the late 70s. The percentage of Merlot was reduced by half, and Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot were introduced. These changes make for a stronger wine with increased depth.
Previously among the "good average" châteaux of Saint-Julien, Léoville Poyferré has made a remarkable leap in quality since 2000.
Thanks to advice from enologist Michel Rolland, the estate's latest vintages are more complex, rich and expressive. They qualify Poyferré as one of the best wines in the appellation.
Léoville Poyferré, Château Moulin Riche