VinConnect is thrilled to finally announce our first partnerships in Bordeaux, with two absolutely fantastic wineries — Château Léoville Poyferré from Saint-Julien and Clos Dubreuil from Saint-Émilion!
Ever since we launched VinConnect customers have been inquiring about Bordeaux — given that so many world-class wines are made there, why didn’t VinConnect have partnerships? The answer is that most of Bordeaux uses its own unique, complex distribution system — most wines are released and sold en primeur before they’re even bottled, utilizing the centuries-old negociant system of distribution brokers. It’s taken us some time to adapt VinConnect to serve it, but we’ve found two fantastic partners and are glad we’re finally able to offer them to our customers.
The lists we are launching today are for two incredibly well-regarded Bordeaux chateaux — each has received great critical acclaim in recent years, though their geographies, wines and histories are quite different.
Château Léoville Poyferré dates to the 17th century, and was named a “2nd Growth” (one of the top 20 wines in all of Bordeaux) in the famous 1855 Classification. Located in the glorious terroir of Saint-Julien alongside several other “super seconds,” Léoville Poyferré’s wines are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon-based, with Merlot and a splash of other grapes blended in. The addition of Michel Rolland to the winemaking team and continued investments into the vineyards and cellar have yielded fantastic results — Robert Parker gave the 2009 a rare 100-point score and called it “a wine to purchase by the case-load.”
Clos Dubreuil by contrast is part of the garagiste movement on the Right Bank, where an influx of new winemakers, ideas and investment have created a revolution in recent decades. The small property atop Saint-Émilion’s prestigious limestone plateau was purchased by Benoit Trocard in 2002, and enhanced through hard work and investment. Here the wines are Merlot-based, with a dollop of Cabernet Franc, and made in a dense, rich, opulent style. These wines claim Robert Parker as a huge fan as well, calling Clos Dubreuil “always one of the sexiest and most seductive offerings produced in Saint-Émilion.”
These two fantastic wineries offer opportunities to experience both the traditional and the innovative sides of Bordeaux today, and it is our pleasure to make them available to VinConnect’s customers.