Poujeaux is one of the most powerful wines in this part of the Médoc and is often very closed at this stage in its life. The 2005 is slightly less reticent than usual, but does deliver fine mineral aromas, while on the palate the fruit is rich and dense, almost gamey, but with a supple, creamy texture. The tannins are sweet and silky, and the finish very classy.
Poujeaux is a Cru Bourgeois in the Moulis appellation. It vies with the likes of Chasse-Spleen for the number one spot in this southern Médoc commune that is home to a number of great value clarets. Often tannic in their youth, the wines do need 6 or 8 years in the bottle before reaching maturity, but thereafter they can age very well indeed.
Moulis is situated right in the heart of The Medoc, however, it rather lacks the prestige of more distinguished Medoc communes of Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. The wines are dominated by Cabernet and Merlot, with a small area given to Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. In great vintages, these wines can offer exceptional value and great aging potential. Chasse Spleen and Poujeaux are two estates from this commune that have gained considerable notoriety.