Poujeaux 2010


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Tasting Notes

The final blend in this vintage was 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, tipping the scales at 14% natural alcohol. The wine is outstanding. Rich black raspberry and black currant fruit intermixed with some graphite and floral notes are followed by an opulent, fleshy, full-bodied wine with impressive concentration, texture and length. Moreover, the 2010 can be drunk early on in life or cellared for 15 or more years.

Very close in quality to the brilliant 2009, this wine is the superstar of the appellation of Moulis. The estate is now owned by the Cuvelier family, who have overseen a major turn-around in quality at the famous St.-Emilion classified growth of Clos Fourtet. They have gotten this large vineyard of nearly 180 acres into top form as well. The vineyard is under the direction and management of two of the brilliant consultants of Bordeaux, Stephane Derenoncourt and Nicolas Thienpont, and they are doing a terrific job. The good news for consumers is that there are approximately 300,000 bottles of this brilliant wine from Moulis, which still sells at a fair price.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

An undeniable sleeper of the vintage, this may be the finest Poujeaux I have tasted in three decades. A crushed rock/mineral character is intertwined with abundant black currant, blackberry, incense and camphor notes in this full-bodied, unctuously textured, elegant, pure effort. It is capable of lasting 15 years. Kudos to new proprietor Philippe Cuvelier (also the owner of St.-Emilion's Clos Fourtet) for resurrecting this well-known es

Score: 90/92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

The 2010 Branas Grand Poujeaux has a ripe and generous bouquet with a mélange of red and black fruit, undergrowth and sandalwood scents. I appreciate the purity here. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly rustic tannins. Good weight with strong graphite notes towards the finish. Out of barrel this came across as a tad over-ripe - it seems to have done a volte-face and almost resembles an archetypal “Englishman’s Claret”! Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. Drink 2021-2035

Score: 91Neal Martin, vinous.com (Squaress &), April 2020

Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois primeur tasting. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, the Poujeaux 2010 has a crisp, well defined nose with fresh dark berried fruit, a touch of dark plum and a touch of Hoi Sin. Good definition and lift. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, succulent tannins, quite modern in style but imbued with good tension and focus, this should be a little belter in bottle. Tasted April 2011.

Score: 91/93Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011

Made of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet colored 2010 Poujeaux features notions of sweaty leather, baked plums and crème de cassis with hints of sautéed herbs and tobacco. Medium-bodied, the palate is a little lean and chewy, with an herbal lift on the finish. 2020 - 2024

Score: 87Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

Love the fruity and chocolate character here, with lots spices and nutmeg. Full and velvety with soft tannins and a long finish

Score: 92/93James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011

First sample: Fresh, lively on the nose. Lots of fresh fruit. Almost aggressively fresh and raw! A bit tart and green. (Score and tasting dates refer to the second sample.)
Second sample: Particularly deep purple. Very, very rich. Taken right to the limit of ripeness. Yet there is freshness here too and the tannins, while a little drying, are not excessively painful. This is a very intense ambassador for 2010's special qualities. Very fine tannins on the finish and lovely crunch. Pretty stolid and dense. Maybe a slight lack of acidity...?

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011

Now owned by M. Cuvelier of Clos Fourtet and made with the help of Stephane Derenoncourt. This Moulis wine is delightfully smooth and polished with a sexy nose of sweet, ripe fruit, violets and exotic hints of coconut. Very forward and opulent but not extracted. Silky smooth and plump, very welcoming and should be a real charmer to drink relatively early in its life.

Score: 15.5+Farr Vintners, April 2011

The mix of fruits on the nose feels ripe giving richness and sweetness. Red fruits and quite firm tannins hold back the flavours giving freshness on the mid palate. There is more sweetness towards the back but at the moment the richness tends to be overtaken by the tannins.

Score: 88/91Derek Smedley MW, April 2011

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011

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