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2014 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Moulis-en-Médoc

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Moulis-en-Médoc
Classification Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel
ABV 13%

Good intensity here, no hard edges but a smart feel. Classic claret-like shape, nice ripeness - touch of mulberry fruit and leafy, herbaceous tingle. Good Rating: 90 L&S (Apr 2015)

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The 2014 Poujeaux has a rather muffled bouquet that lacks the brightness of its peers. It feels a little earthy and leathery, hints of pressed flowers emerging with time, though it does require more intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin on the entry. Chewy and more sinewy than I expect, a slight menthol character towards the finish. It delivers the density without quite the same degree of complexity and finesse. Give it another couple of years. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2019 - 2035 Rating: 87+ Neal Martin, 2018)

Some complexity on the nose already. Broad and for once the fruit is the dominant factor – and it seems ripe enough. Graphite with a very dry end. I would not be surprised if this were a St-Estèphe. But everything is in the right place. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2018)

The 2014 Poujeaux is striking, with silky tannins buffering the juicy fruit and terrific overall balance. Dark red cherry, spice, new leather, cedar and licorice are laced into a super-expressive, resonant finish. The 2014 is bold, forward and absolutely delicious. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. This is a terrific showing from Poujeaux, the Cuvelier family and Consulting Winemakers Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu. Tasted three times. Rating: 89-91 Antonio Galloni, 2015)

The Château Poujeaux 2014 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 35% Merlot. It offers blackberry and briary scents on the nose, a little disjointed at first but the aromas coalesce with time. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin. There is satisfying fruit concentration here, finely-tuned acidity and a really quite sophisticated, elegant finish. Classically lined Poujeaux that should settle at the upper end of my banded score. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, 2015)

Dark purplish crimson. Something a little brûlée on the nose. Respectable and well made. Fills the mouth with ripe fruit and then some pretty marked tannins – but no aggressive acidity – kicks in. Correct with light and attractive aromatics. Just a slight lack of energy. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2015)

The nose has a mix of red fruits fresh quite smoky and the start of the palate is light and bright. There is more sweetness and depth in the middle some black fruits behind the red but the finish is light fresh and fragrant. Drinking range: 2023 - 2028 Rating: 86-89 Derek Smedley MW, 2015)

Poujeaux is generally among the best crus bourgeois of the vintage and that's certainly the case in 2014. Deeply coloured, scented and beguiling, it has excellent density and concentration, leafy, floral undertones and a core of savoury black fruits complemented by oak. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026 Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, 2015)

Balanced and fresh. Shows lots of asphalt and berry character. Full-bodied yet refined and gorgeous. Floral with tobacco. Stealth. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, 2015)

Château Poujeaux

Château Poujeaux sits on the Grand Poujeaux, a Gunzian gravel mound of similar constitution to the more illustrious communes of the Haut-Médoc. Alongside Château Chasse-Spleen, Poujeaux is one of the leading estates in Moulis and offers great value to the discerning Haut-Médoc consumer. Moulis sits a little way back from the Gironde, between Saint Julien and Margaux. 16th century records show that the estate was owned by Gaston de L'Isle, then owner of Chateau Latour, although this is some time before wine production began at Poujeaux during the 19th Century. Since 2008 Château Poujeaux has been owned by Philippe Cuvelier, also owner of Saint Emilion estate Clos Fourtet. There are around 100 hectares of vineyard planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

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