Château Poujeaux 2023

Château Poujeaux 2023

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55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

Château Poujeaux is an esteemed estate situated in the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation within Bordeaux's Left Bank. Covering 68 hectares, this historic vineyard is celebrated for producing wines that showcase the classic characteristics of the Médoc region. The vineyards are primarily planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, thriving in the gravelly and sandy soils of the area.

Jane Anson: 93/100

A high proportion of Petit Verdot, 33% new oak for ageing, 38hl/ha yields, after hail on a small part of the vineyard.
Always an estate that works hard and is often a good bet across a variety of vintage conditions. It works again in 2023. Pretty austere right now, with layers of tannic architecture along with signature mint leaf and cigar box. There is no question this will age; don’t rush it. It needs time to unwind, and it feels like an impressive Left Bank claret full of classic character and confident tannic architecture.

James Suckling: 92-93/100
The tight tannins and pretty fruit are very attractive now, with medium body and a juicy finish. I like it.

Neil Martin - Vinous: 91-93/100
The 2023 Poujeaux was picked from September 18 to October 4 and matured in 30% new oak.
The first couple of samples tasted didn’t quite engage as much as a third bottle on the penultimate day’s tasting, which seems more representative. This Moulis, owned by the Cuvelier family (Clos Fourtet), has a tempting nose with blackberry, wild strawberry, incense and crushed violet scents—well-defined and focused, blossoming nicely in the glass. There’s good energy and vibrancy. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy black fruit. Perhaps just a little gritty in terms of texture; there is a bit of rigidity apropos the tannins on the finish. Hopefully, it will gain more elegance once in bottle, but it feels as if it will meld together during élevage.

Antonio Galloni - Vinous: 90-92/100

Tasted four times
The 2023 Poujeaux is plump, juicy and super-inviting right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, sweet spice and floral accents caress the palate, all framed by supple, silky tannins. There's a bit more Petit Verdot in the blend this year, and that comes through in the wine's dark flavour profile and structural feel. This is a fine vintage for Poujeaux.

Yohan Castaing - Wine Advocate: 89-91/100
The 2023 Poujeaux offers up youthfully reserved aromas of licorice, dark wild berries and smoke. Medium-bodied, firm and slightly austere, it’s elegant and gently structured with powdery tannins and a long, somber finish. A second encounter revealed greater flesh and plentitude.