This property is a real hidden "gem", just a stone's throw away from the St. Julien appellation and stars such as Lagrange and Gruaud Larose. We're happy to keep the secret because it means more wine for us! Owner Francois Nony, whom we got to visit with during our recent trip to Bordeaux, delivers a great 2009. A blackcurrant and cassis-like nose leads to a classic Medoc earthy finish. This wine is well-balanced with a freshness of fruit that is a hallmark of this vintage. It should age well for 5-10 more years. A real bargain!
The home of Château Chasse Spleen and numerous other excellent Châteaux sharing the name "Poujeaux," the commune of Moulis has some of the finest, deep gravel ridges in Bordeaux, outside of the famed Margaux commune. In contrast to its very supple 2008, Dutruch Grand Poujeaux has produced a startlingly powerful 2009, with deep, smoky flavors of baked cherry confit, cassis, Provençal herbs. A concentrated, impressive wine that will clearly reward 5 to 7 years of cellaring.-- Ben Giliberti
This is another new chateau for us. Dark color, medium to full-bodied, with sweet, but firm, tannins. Hints of mocha, nice ripeness. Long finish.
Youthful nose offers scents of blackberry, blueberry, minerals, violet and Provençal herbs. Plush on entry, then sweet but firm in the middle, with plenty of energy to give shape to the supple, cascading fruit notes of currant, blackberry, iron and flint. Finishes with silky, fine-grained tannins. The grape varieties are 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, grown on a compact 4 acre vineyard, with an average age of vines of about 35 years. Total production is less than 3,000 cases.
Also declared a "sleeper of the vintage" by Robert Parker, this delectably mouth-filling wine offers blackberry and currant fruit well-seasoned with mocha and cocoa notes. Muscular tannins are grippy but well-integrated with the fruit, and the freshness of the tannins promises excellent aging ability. Best from 2014 through 2022, but drinking quite well now with 30-45 minutes in the decanter. A super value in a fine Bordeaux. — Ben Giliberti