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Poujeaux 2009

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon

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Tasting Notes

The final blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot was cropped very low at 35 hectoliters per hectare. Deep purple, with a nose of subtle smoke, graphite, blueberry and black raspberry fruit as well as some spring flowers, in the mouth a touch of oak makes an appearance, but the wine is full-bodied, rich, inky and unctuously textured due to the high glycerin and alcohol that hits 14% plus. This beauty should drink well for up to two decades.

The finest wine I have tasted from Poujeaux over the last 33 years, the 2009 is the second vintage under the ownership of the Cuvelier family, who made the absolutely monumental 2009 Clos Fourtet. This large vineyard of over 100 acres has always had a relatively lofty reputation for the best wine of Moulis. The consultants on the 2009 were Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt, and they have produced a blockbuster Poujeaux that certainly qualifies as one of the sleepers of the vintage it is a wine to seek out, as it is reasonably priced. Drink: 2012 - 2032

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012

Full and very velvety, with round and juicy tannins. Creamy. New ownership here is really making a difference in wine quality; this is the best ever after maybe the 1929.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010

The 2009 Poujeaux has a medium to deep garnet color and delivers expressive blackberry preserves, prunes, sautéed herbs and fragrant earth notes with hints of tobacco and fallen leaves. Medium-bodied with refreshing acidity and a chewy texture supporting the earthy flavors in the mouth, it finishes on a stewed tea note. Drinking well right now! 2019 - 2025

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2019), March 2019

Very dark and glossy-looking. Lots of drive on the nose, and very sleek and polished. Lovely wine now even if it doesn't have an amazingly long future ahead. Long.
Drink 2016-2025

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2019

Black red, very rich and spicy, even exotic berry fruit, good smooth rich flavours backed by firm ripe tannins, lots of depth and good long-term. Drink 2014-22.

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2010

Stunning nose of cassis, plum and bitter chocolate. Real concentration and a great balance of ripeness, fine tannins and bright acidity drive the complex finish along at an astonishing clip. Delicious now, but will hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019)

Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com, March 2019
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The Cuvelier family that has done so much to resurrect Clos Fourtet purchased this estate that had long been the pride and joy of the Theil family. A large vineyard, and certainly the finest wine of the somewhat forgotten appellation of Moulis, the yields in 2009 were 40 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Soft, fleshy, and opulent, with lots of black currant and black cherry fruit intermixed with hints of cedar and spice box, and an enticing texture result in a wine to drink now and over the next 10-12 years. It is a sleeper of the vintage. (Tasted once.) Drink 2010-2022.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

Tasted at Vintex. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. A big, deep, confident nose from Poujeaux this year, very pure but actually much more closed than other 2009s. Nice purity and minerality coming through though. The palate has an almost honeyed entry, thick texture but smooth and cohesive, very pure towards the finish with black cherry, boysenberry and blueberry. Long finish. Very fine. Tasted March 2010.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010

Very dark. Scented and quite plush and rich and fragrant. Lots of pleasure and very ripe but not overripe. Date tasted 28th March 2010. Drink 2013-2018.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010
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