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2009 Branas Grand Poujeaux, Moulis

SKU #1306369 91 points James Suckling

 A wine with lots of ripe fruit, almost raisins with sweet tobacco and berry character. Full body, soft tannins and a fresh finish.  (7/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A sleeper of the vintage from the backwater appellation of Moulis, the 2009 Branas Grand Poujeaux is a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot. A big-time wine, opaque purple in color, with loads of cassis, smoke, incense and licorice as well as an earthiness reminiscent of a St.-Estephe, this wine is full-bodied and long, with sweet tannin and an overall classic constitution. It can be approached now but should age nicely for 15-20 years. (RP)  (12/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Clearly ripe, with a juicy core of dark fig, cassis and blackberry flavors. This keeps a nice old-school edge on the finish though, thanks to contrasting notes of roasted chestnut and tobacco leaf. Solid. (JM, Web Only-2012)

K&L Notes

Chateau Branas Grand-Poujeaux is a neighbor of both Chateau Poujeaux and Chateau Chasse Spleen in Moulis with a terroir of gravel and clay with twelve hectares planted to merlot, cabernet, and petit verdot. The property has been one to watch since Stephane Derenoncourt took over the winemaking in 2006.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2017 | Send Email
Another delicious and over achieving 2009. This is juicy and lush with earthy black raspberry cream and dark plum throughout the substantial middle. Oak shadings, a whiff of cocoa and hints of damp clay round out the the finish. Typical of this vintage, this can be consumed now or aged for 10 or more years.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2017 | Send Email
Bold powerful and robust nose of dark blackberry fruit, subtle hints of incense and lacquer. Lush, soft and rich on the palate with the tannins totally integrated. A very open and bold style without compromising it's origin or throwing to much sweetness or oak at you.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2017 | Send Email
I've come to expect nothing but bang for my buck when I drink Poujeaux, whether it's Chateau Poujeaux proper, or Gressier Grand Poujeaux, or Haut de Poujeaux, or in this case Chateau Branas Grand Poujeaux. There are six chateaux in Moulis that use the name Poujeaux and I've found that just about all of them over-deliver for my Bordeaux dollar. Branas is planted to 50% Merlot and you can taste that plumpness in the wine immediately, especially given the ripeness of the 2009 vintage. What the bottle age has done, however, is dial back the sweetness of the fruit, allowing some of the more complex secondary flavors come to the forefront. There's a bit of herbaceousness, but it's integrated beautifully into the supple tannins and lush blackberry flavors. The oak is still there on the nose, but now it's become intertwined with aromas of roasted earth. The wine is like silk on the palate throughout all that complexity, which makes this an easy pick for newcomers to aged Bordeaux. Yet, as someone who has consumed quite a bit of old claret over the years, I'm wowed by the value proposition here. This is a lot of Bordeaux for thirty bucks. A big wine with gusto!

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2017 | Send Email
There's something about the terroir of Moulis, that I find irresistible. The Branas is no exception. Very elegant and soft palate, with notes of cocoa powder, earth, and tobacco. I did decant it before serving and it was marvelous.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2017 | Send Email
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Another sexy, super delicious 2009 from a neighbor of Poujeaux. Spicy and lush on the palate. Enjoy now or in ten years.
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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
I love 2009 Bordeaux so it was a pleasure to taste this recently. Although it's big and rich, it has surprisingly fresh acidity and substantial tannins as well. What makes this especially enticing is the full-bodied palate of sweet black fruit and the long finish. It's certainly nice now with aeration but will only improve with a couple additional years in the cellar.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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