The plots of vines at Château Poujeaux are tended with great care through every season of the year. The 70-hectare vineyard is managed with sustainable agriculture techniques and tilling of the soils. Care for the earth is paramount. Grapes are the centre of every preoccupation. From de-leafing, disbudding and green harvesting to choosing the harvest dates, selection and sorting, every process is respectful of the fruit.
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. [90 Points, Robert M. Parker, Jr– February 2013 – robertparker.com]