2013 Poujeaux, Moulis

SKU #1257927 90 points Vinous

 The 2013 Poujeaux does a great job of capturing the best this tricky vintage had to offer. Black cherries, plums, tobacco, smoke, violets and spices all lift out of the glass in a Médoc that is distinctly Pinot-like in its perfumed, expressive aromatics and mid-weight structure. Although atypical, there is little doubt the 2013 Poujeaux is quite pretty. A second sample tasted a few days later showed a bit more flesh and overall resonance. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, with no Cabernet Franc in this vintage. The crop is down a whopping 50%. (AG)  (4/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Ripe, juicy blackberry – sweet and modern and attractive. Just a touch of oak on the palate, well-balanced body and higher than expected tannins, especially on the finish. (RH)  (4/2014)

Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Soft and juicy, this wine has rounded fruits, ripe tannins and black-currant flavored acidity. The texture is light and attractively fresh; this is a wine for short-term aging. (RV)  (4/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Soft, but with some depth to the plum and black cherry fruit, which is lined with black tea on the relatively supple finish. (JM)  (4/2014)

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