2005 Poujeaux, Moulis

SKU #1041487 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (6/2006)

91 points 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.  (10/2008)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *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.  (3/2008)

Decanter

 Fragrant fruit, very stylish. Seems to have lots of Cabernet, which gives elegance and class but means it will need more time.  (6/2008)

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)  (6/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Sweet blackberry, sugared coffee and hints of fresh mint. Full-to-medium body, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Best after 2010. (JS)  (3/2008)

K&L Notes

Barrel tasting notes: Sweet fruit, lively on palate. Not big, but great balance. Lingers on palate. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2016 | Send Email
A longtime favorite of ours, the star of Moulis has most of its vineyards located in a single parcel on the Grand-Poujeaux plateau, which accounts for perfect drainage. The 2005 is a classic indeed, and scored 91 points in Wine & Spirits. Elegant notes of roasted coffee beans, cassis, and graphite. With a very soft entry, well rounded mid-palate, and ripe tannins, it definitely has many years ahead of its peak. Great for the cellar.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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