Château Léoville Poyferré, Saint Julien
Three essential elements enabled us to wait until the beginning of October for optimal ripeness:
Man’s hard work, the Saint-Julien “terroir” and the welcome September sun.
There was frequent rainfall from November to March, interspersed with very cold spells. The warm and wet
spring favoured the beginning of the growth cycle and brought a short and regular flowering throughout the
vineyards of each of the grape varieties.
The month of July was very sunny with the thermometer consistently showing over 30° C. During August,
although temperatures remained high, the weather changed considerably and the heavy rain meant a lot
of extra working hours in the vineyard. A careful early de-leafing (along with thinning out and green harvest)
played an essential role for what was to come.
A beautifully hot month of September allowed the grape tannins to ripen perfectly, and all hopes for a
good vintage returned. An appropriate preventive treatment in the vineyard meant it was possible to delay
the beginning of the harvest until the 6th October.
This technical vintage thus became the latest since 1983, another great classical year.