2009 and 2010 have produced some exquisite wines and some fantastic values. None more so than the trio of Chasse Spleen, Cantemerle and Poujeaux. These are serious, age-worthy wines that won't break the bank. Poujeaux, now owned by the Cuvelier family and with the help of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephan Derenoncourt are producing some large-scale, impressive wines. Brooding and reserved with hints of mulberry bush, deep, dark, figgy and earthy notes. Classic cassis attack, massive concentration; this is a big wine with impressive length and large-scale tannins. A Poujeaux for the long-term.
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.