1992 Château Poujeaux
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $38.94 (reg. $49.94)
"...one of my favorite estates in the central Medoc..." - Robert Parker
Here’s a hidden gem for fans of mature Bordeaux! Nestled to the west of Margaux and Saint Julien is the small Left Bank appellation of Moulis-en-Médoc, and while you won’t find any classified growths here, you will find top quality and real value if you know where to look. There’s no better choice than Poujeaux, "consistently one of the finest efforts” from this region per Parker, and after recently tasting this aged treat, we think you’ll agree.
With a buyer in Bordeaux and annual trips to the region by our team, we know that certain Moulis wines are real standouts and that its eastern quarter offers serious ageing potential as well. The Poujeaux vineyard lies in the eastern sector of Grand Poujeaux, neighboring Chasse-Spleen and Maucaillou and close to the Margaux boundary. This is some top terroir and, unsurprisingly, the estate can offer considerable quality at a huge discount to the big names in Margaux. The gravel soils in this part of Moulis are known to produce the appellation’s most aromatic wines with fine tannins that make them ideal for lengthy cellaring.
The best part of it all is that the cellaring is done. Twenty-five years on from the vintage date, our parcel is Bordeaux-direct with perfect provenance.
Any concerns we may have had over the wine’s age, the vintage or the appellation were immediately quashed when we opened a bottle at our offices. Though Parker considers Poujeaux “always an impeccably made as well as under-valued effort”, we had to see for ourselves…and it totally defied our expectations!
The color is dense and with a deep purple core and a little bricking around the rim. The nose is perfumed, with lots of black fruit still there and underscored by tertiary aromas of freshly tilled earth, forest underbrush and hints of spearmint and licorice. The palate reflects the nose for the most part, while the primary fruit flavors have evolved into dried floral notes. There’s still plenty of density and structure, the tannins well integrated and good acidity remaining. At this point, there’s no point in waiting around. Our advice is simple: Buy this while you can, especially as it will be a wonderful treat to savor over the holiday season. Cheers!