In a nutshell: Rich and ripe left-bank Bordeaux from the excellent 2015 vintage.
The lowdown: This family run winery started life as a couple of hectares in the 1950s owned by baker René Poitevin to a still modest 41 hectares now run by third generation Guillaume Poitevin and are still based in the village of Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac in the northern Médoc. Poitevin has gone from strength to strength in the last few decades and were one of only five Chateaux promoted in the 2003 Cru Bourgeois re-classification. This is their flagship wine, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (with a little Petit Verdot) aged for 14 months in French oak barrels. Full-bodied and rounded with layered aromas of lifted red and dark fruits, sweet spice and liquorice notes. The tannins are big, ripe and integrated and the finish long. A rich and smooth Médoc that is just hitting its stride.
When to drink: Will keep for another 5-10 years. Decant an hour beforehand. Try with meat with rich sauce based dishes, or works well with cheeses such as Roquefort and Comté.
Sitting towards the northern tip of the Médoc in the village of Jau-Dignac-Loirac René Poitevin, who ran the local bakery at the time, started making wine from just 2 hectares of vines. From these small beginnings they've grown until they now have some 40 hectares planted on the gravel banks of the Gironde estuary. The estate has been under the guidance of Guillaume Poitevin since 1991 and who continues to run things along with his wife Natacha. Like many Bordeaux vineyards they're keen to run operations on an environmentally friendly basis and to that end have adopted the lutte raisonnée principals, aiming to reduce chemical usage as much as possible and to work in as sustainably as they can. In 2018 they achieved Terra Vitis Level 3 certification which is a good measure of their efforts in this direction. On top of this their philosophy is to produce good value wines with a real respect for the traditions of their origin.