"Kicking off with a touch of oak, the deeply colored wine offers black raspberries, licorice, smoke and tobacco on the nose. Full-bodied with ripe, soft tannins and plenty of juicy fruit in the finish.
The wine of Chateau Poujeaux since Mathieu Cuvelier took over the estate continues to get better and better. This is an outstanding value Bordeaux wine that drinks well young, ages, and has true, Bordeaux character. In fact, Chateau Poujeaux is one of the best Bordeaux value wines from the Left Bank. It is also the finest wine being produced from the Moulis appellation today."
93 Pts - The Wine Cellar Insider.
The 68 hectare Moulis vineyard of Chateau Poujeaux is planted to 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.
The terroir is gravel-based soils, typical of the area, the majority of the vineyard is in one large parcel. Their best vines are placed on gravel hillside parcels with elevations that can be up to 25 meters at their peak on the Poujeaux plateau. The average age of the vines remains close to 35 years.
The 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.
Jean Theil sold Chateau Poujeaux to the Cuvelier family in 2008, well known for owning Clos Fourtet in St. Emilion. The winemaking facilities were modernized and the farming technique used in the vineyards of Chateau Poujeaux was also changed. They reduced yields and began picking later, giving them riper fruit, moved to an organic vineyard management approach, and are looking at Biodynamic farming as well. All of this work in the vineyards has helped produce the best wines in the history of the estate.