2012 Poujeaux, Moulis (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1128720 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a complex wine that's dry at the heart and powered with dark tannins. Slowly the juicy fruit shows through on the mid palate, yielding a wine that offers the potential of solid fruits and excellent acidity.  (4/2013)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Fleshy and compact, offering dark plum and black currant paste flavors lined with briar, ganache and roasted tobacco leaf. Shows solid grip and depth.  (4/2013)

89-90 points James Suckling

 A balanced and nicely structured wine with fine tannins and a pretty finish. Nicely done for the vintage.  (4/2013)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another sleeper of the vintage, the dense ruby/purple-hued 2012 reveals sweet cranberry and black currant fruit intermixed with hints of spring flowers, earth and subtle wood. Supple, fruity, medium-bodied and well-made, this beauty can be drunk over the next decade.  (4/2013)

88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full ruby. Blackcurrant and tobacco are complicated by smoke and violet nuances on the nose and palate. At once supple and precise, with harmonious acidity lifting the middle palate and nicely extending the rich, almost sweet black fruit flavors on the back. The broad finish shows building tannins and repeating violet and mineral notes. Poujeaux is one of the Left Bank's success stories in 2012.  (6/2013)

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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2014 | Send Email
Another solid effort in 2012, Poujeaux shows a very dark color and flavor profile. Hints of tobacco and licorice dance around the deep and intense core of black currant fruit. Tannins here are big but still integrated and in balance. This wine will be at its best several years after bottling and develop well seven to 10 years after.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2014 | Send Email
*V Another sleeper. Great upfront fruit. I always love this. Buy it. 91-93 points WE, 88-91 points WS.

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