Chateau Léoville Poyferré has emerged as perhaps the second most important St. Julien estate behind Léoville las Cases. The property can trace its history all the way back to 1638, but that history is a tortuous path of ownership and name changes as part of what came to be called the "Léoville" estate. The modern excellence of the estate can be dated to 1979 when Didier Cuvelier took over its management. Since his retirement in 2017 it has been run very ably by his niece Sara Lecompte Cuvelier. The 60ha estate has some wonderful plots in the 'Grand Clos' bordering Las Cases. Léoville Poyferré shot to fame with the 2009 vintage which was scored a perfect 100 points by Robert M. Parker. This second growth is a classic Saint-Julien producing some very finely structured, long-lived claret. Elegance is the name of the game with Poyferre, much as it is with neighbouring Leovilles Las-Cases and Barton. A remarkably consistent performer among Bordeaux producers, the value of this estate’s Grand Vin as well as second wine Pavillon makes it an annual favourite with collectors and drinkers alike.