2005 Poujeaux, Moulis
Barrel sample. An intensely ripe, fruity wine, which is already well integrated. The intense dark fruits are supported by some new wood and grainy tannins. This is powerful, and, with its acidity, should age well. (RV)
Wine & Spirits
A fragrant, sunny, fruit-driven Bordeaux, this feels elegant and clean, stripped of all pretense. Nothing obstructs its pleasing richness and buttoned-down style. Accessible as a young wine, this will brighten a formal business dinner at a steakhouse.
*One Star* Its first nose of currants, graphite, truffle oil and sweet oak offer promises that the mouth has a hard time fulfilling at present. The wine is closed-in and tannic with just enough underlying fruit to raise high hopes for its future. And because the Chateau's wines have aged well in top vintages, there is reason to take the risk for those who like its wines.
Fragrant fruit, very stylish. Seems to have lots of Cabernet, which gives elegance and class but means it will need more time.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This well-known estate is now owned by Clos Fourtet’s Philippe Cuvelier, but the estate was owned by Jean Theil when the 2005 was conceived. This 2005 reveals a beautiful black cherry and cassis-scented nose, with a touch of spring flowers, medium to full body, and supple tannin in a sexy, lush, heady style. A sleeper of the vintage, it is already approachable and satisfying, and can be drunk over the next 10-15 years. (RP)
Sweet blackberry, sugared coffee and hints of fresh mint. Full-to-medium body, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Best after 2010. (JS)
Barrel tasting notes: Sweet fruit, lively on palate. Not big, but great balance. Lingers on palate. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)