Château Poujeaux

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend

9.0545 ratings
9.086 pro ratings
Moulis en Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Dan R
8.9

Very reserved aromatically. Pretty and soft, with plum black tea and cocoa notes. Like many 2012s, it’s missing some mid palate density, but works quite well for current / short term drinking

Very reserved aromatically. Pretty and soft, with plum black tea and cocoa notes. Like many 2012s, it’s missing some mid palate density, but works quite well for current / short term drinking

Feb 22nd, 2019
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

8.9

Seemed to just be opening up after about two hours. Probably should have decanted.

Seemed to just be opening up after about two hours. Probably should have decanted.

Jan 14th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

First, let me say the 07 Bordeaux vintage was largely frowned upon by professional critics. When I tasted it upon release, I had some doubts. However, I have said many times, in all difficult vintages anywhere, there are still producers that made good wine. Especially, if you give them time to evolve in bottle. This 07 has blossomed with 10 years in bottle and an absolutely perfect steak wine.

The nose reveals; smoldering ambers, dry crushed rocks, limestone minerals, ripe blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries, baked strawberries, black plum, floral blueberries, dark fruit liqueur, leather, cedar to saddle-wood, dark rich soils, stones, anise, graphite, old cigar with ash, hints of mushroom, steeped tea, fresh & withering red & dark floral bouquet.

The body is beautiful with; rich, round, velvety, smooth, tarry tannins. This 07 Poujeaux is in top form with plenty of life left ahead...another 7-10years easily. The structure, tension, length and balance are nicely knitted together. It glides effortlessly over the palate. A combination of dark currants & cassis. Ripe blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries, bright cherries, baked strawberries, black plum, floral blueberries, dark fruit liqueur, dark chocolate, mocha bar, vanilla, clove, dark spice, leather, cedar to saddle-wood, dark rich soils, stones, smoldering ambers, dry crushed rocks, dry clay, limestone minerals, dry brush, anise, graphite, old cigar with ash, touch of pepper, hints of mushroom, steeped tea, beautifully, fragrant, violets, lavender, fresh & withering red & dark floral bouquet. The acidity is nicely balanced in the wine. The finish without the steak shows dusty, grainy tannins, good balance in fruit & earth, elegant, ripe fruit and persistent on the palate.

Photos of, the unassuming Chateau Poujeaux by Bordeaux standards, the rootstock & soil structure of the Poujeaux terroir, Cellar with concrete tanks & large oak vats and a wide shot of the Estate.

Producer history and notes...Chateau Poujeaux’s history can be traced back to the 16th Century. At that time, the owner of Chateau Latour, Gaston De L’Isle, owned the estate. Over the centuries, Chateau Poujeaux, like numerous Bordeaux estates has been the property of a multitude of owners.

In fact, the owner of Chateau Beychevelle Marquis François Etienne de Brassier was one of owners. Over the centuries, Chateau Poujeaux was bought, sold, split up and divided. It was not until 1921, when the Theil family became the owners of the property that all the previously divided sections were brought back together again.

The modern era for Chateau Poujeaux began more recently. It started in 2008, when Jean Theil sold Chateau Poujeaux to the Cuvelier family, who were already owners of Clos Fourtet in St. Emilion. Once the Cuvelier family purchased, Mathieu Cuvelier took charge and things changed for the better.

The winemaking facilities were modernized and the farming technique used in the vineyards of Chateau Poujeaux were also changed.

They reduced yields and began picking later, giving them riper fruit. They also moved to an organic vineyard management approach and are looking at biodynamic farming as well. All of this work in the vineyards have helped push the wine quality of the estate. You only need to open and taste some their newer vintages. You’ll notice the improvement in fruit quality and the winemaking practices.

The 68 hectare Moulis vineyard of Chateau Poujeaux is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The terroir is gravel based soils, typical of the area as show in the above photo. The average age of the vines is close to 35 years, although some vines are older.

The debut vintage under the Cuvelier family was the 2008. At Chateau Poujeaux, they are practicing serious vineyard management with the help of Stéphane Derenoncourt, who works with numerous Bordeaux Winemakers on both banks, including the Cuvelier’s property in St. Emilion, Clos Fourtet.

Chateau Poujeaux, fruit is whole berry fermented in a combination of small stainless steel vats, oak barrels and cement tanks with a 25-day cuvaison. Chateau Poujeaux is aged in about 40% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months. On average, Chateau Poujeaux produces close to 25,000 cases per year.

First, let me say the 07 Bordeaux vintage was largely frowned upon by professional critics. When I tasted it upon release, I had some doubts. However, I have said many times, in all difficult vintages anywhere, there are still producers that made good wine. Especially, if you give them time to evolve in bottle. This 07 has blossomed with 10 years in bottle and an absolutely perfect steak wine.

The nose reveals; smoldering ambers, dry crushed rocks, limestone minerals, ripe blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries, baked strawberries, black plum, floral blueberries, dark fruit liqueur, leather, cedar to saddle-wood, dark rich soils, stones, anise, graphite, old cigar with ash, hints of mushroom, steeped tea, fresh & withering red & dark floral bouquet.

The body is beautiful with; rich, round, velvety, smooth, tarry tannins. This 07 Poujeaux is in top form with plenty of life left ahead...another 7-10years easily. The structure, tension, length and balance are nicely knitted together. It glides effortlessly over the palate. A combination of dark currants & cassis. Ripe blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries, bright cherries, baked strawberries, black plum, floral blueberries, dark fruit liqueur, dark chocolate, mocha bar, vanilla, clove, dark spice, leather, cedar to saddle-wood, dark rich soils, stones, smoldering ambers, dry crushed rocks, dry clay, limestone minerals, dry brush, anise, graphite, old cigar with ash, touch of pepper, hints of mushroom, steeped tea, beautifully, fragrant, violets, lavender, fresh & withering red & dark floral bouquet. The acidity is nicely balanced in the wine. The finish without the steak shows dusty, grainy tannins, good balance in fruit & earth, elegant, ripe fruit and persistent on the palate.

Photos of, the unassuming Chateau Poujeaux by Bordeaux standards, the rootstock & soil structure of the Poujeaux terroir, Cellar with concrete tanks & large oak vats and a wide shot of the Estate.

Producer history and notes...Chateau Poujeaux’s history can be traced back to the 16th Century. At that time, the owner of Chateau Latour, Gaston De L’Isle, owned the estate. Over the centuries, Chateau Poujeaux, like numerous Bordeaux estates has been the property of a multitude of owners.

In fact, the owner of Chateau Beychevelle Marquis François Etienne de Brassier was one of owners. Over the centuries, Chateau Poujeaux was bought, sold, split up and divided. It was not until 1921, when the Theil family became the owners of the property that all the previously divided sections were brought back together again.

The modern era for Chateau Poujeaux began more recently. It started in 2008, when Jean Theil sold Chateau Poujeaux to the Cuvelier family, who were already owners of Clos Fourtet in St. Emilion. Once the Cuvelier family purchased, Mathieu Cuvelier took charge and things changed for the better.

The winemaking facilities were modernized and the farming technique used in the vineyards of Chateau Poujeaux were also changed.

They reduced yields and began picking later, giving them riper fruit. They also moved to an organic vineyard management approach and are looking at biodynamic farming as well. All of this work in the vineyards have helped push the wine quality of the estate. You only need to open and taste some their newer vintages. You’ll notice the improvement in fruit quality and the winemaking practices.

The 68 hectare Moulis vineyard of Chateau Poujeaux is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The terroir is gravel based soils, typical of the area as show in the above photo. The average age of the vines is close to 35 years, although some vines are older.

The debut vintage under the Cuvelier family was the 2008. At Chateau Poujeaux, they are practicing serious vineyard management with the help of Stéphane Derenoncourt, who works with numerous Bordeaux Winemakers on both banks, including the Cuvelier’s property in St. Emilion, Clos Fourtet.

Chateau Poujeaux, fruit is whole berry fermented in a combination of small stainless steel vats, oak barrels and cement tanks with a 25-day cuvaison. Chateau Poujeaux is aged in about 40% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months. On average, Chateau Poujeaux produces close to 25,000 cases per year.

Jan 13th, 2019
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2015 / classic cherries eucalyptus elegance very promising #moulis

Vintage 2015 / classic cherries eucalyptus elegance very promising #moulis

Dec 18th, 2018
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2010 / old wood, barnyard, much power, smooth but with lots and lots of potential

Vintage 2010 / old wood, barnyard, much power, smooth but with lots and lots of potential

Oct 19th, 2018
Daniel P. Drake

Tonight's wine is the 2010 Château Poujeaux Moulis-en Médoc. 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

On the nose is beautiful aromas of blackberry, bing cherry, plum, strawberry, black currant, ginger, vanilla, violets, musk, mushroom and earth.

On the palate is lush dark fruit, black cherry, blackberry, black currant, green bell pepper, herbs, spice, graphite, licorice and earth.

This is a full bodied wine with a smooth mouth feel, medium + acidity and medium + round tannins that are mouth coating and drying with a long clean fresh finish. I really like this wine, it was a real surprise for me. Maybe being a 2010 I should have expected more, but what a great surprise. Have a great weekend and stay safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Tonight's wine is the 2010 Château Poujeaux Moulis-en Médoc. 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

On the nose is beautiful aromas of blackberry, bing cherry, plum, strawberry, black currant, ginger, vanilla, violets, musk, mushroom and earth.

On the palate is lush dark fruit, black cherry, blackberry, black currant, green bell pepper, herbs, spice, graphite, licorice and earth.

This is a full bodied wine with a smooth mouth feel, medium + acidity and medium + round tannins that are mouth coating and drying with a long clean fresh finish. I really like this wine, it was a real surprise for me. Maybe being a 2010 I should have expected more, but what a great surprise. Have a great weekend and stay safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Sep 29th, 2018
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2012 / a favorite and reliable wine for Sunday lunch with rumpsteak, mushrooms and chicory from the oven. Some development in colour, a mix in smell of cherries and plums, vanilla. Still tannic in taste but not disturbing after aeration. This #poujeaux delivers, it is #moulis reliability. Fine wine from a year one need not to put away a decade before enjoying it. #medoc 48% cabernet sauvignon 43% merlot 6% petit verdot 3% cabernet franc

Vintage 2012 / a favorite and reliable wine for Sunday lunch with rumpsteak, mushrooms and chicory from the oven. Some development in colour, a mix in smell of cherries and plums, vanilla. Still tannic in taste but not disturbing after aeration. This #poujeaux delivers, it is #moulis reliability. Fine wine from a year one need not to put away a decade before enjoying it. #medoc 48% cabernet sauvignon 43% merlot 6% petit verdot 3% cabernet franc

Sep 9th, 2018
Jordan Wardlaw

2005 vintage showing beautifully today from half bottle with impressive freshness and relaxed posture. Instant aromatic attack- powerful bouquet of violets, chocolate, sweet black fruit, cigar box spice, whipped cream. Soft polished tannins, juicy black fruit and black cherry compote, blueberry pie, chocolate and creme de cassis. Succulent, fleshy and zaftig blend displaying some lovely Merlot character. Tartrates build at the end- decanting recommended to reduce the tannin buildup towards the end. I’ll happily put a couple more of these in the cellar.

2005 vintage showing beautifully today from half bottle with impressive freshness and relaxed posture. Instant aromatic attack- powerful bouquet of violets, chocolate, sweet black fruit, cigar box spice, whipped cream. Soft polished tannins, juicy black fruit and black cherry compote, blueberry pie, chocolate and creme de cassis. Succulent, fleshy and zaftig blend displaying some lovely Merlot character. Tartrates build at the end- decanting recommended to reduce the tannin buildup towards the end. I’ll happily put a couple more of these in the cellar.

Aug 3rd, 2018
Douglas Renall

Loved this one. Singing in its prime right now. Concentrated, elegant and lingering. A masterful wine #moulisenmedoc

Loved this one. Singing in its prime right now. Concentrated, elegant and lingering. A masterful wine #moulisenmedoc

Mar 24th, 2018
Douglas Renall

Great complexity in this vintage. Beautiful representation of #moulisenmedoc

Great complexity in this vintage. Beautiful representation of #moulisenmedoc

Mar 24th, 2018