A sleeper of the vintage from the backwater appellation of Moulis, the 2009 Branas Grand Poujeaux is a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot. A big-time wine, opaque purple in color, with loads of cassis, smoke, incense and licorice as well as an earthiness reminiscent of a St.-Estephe, this wine is full-bodied and long, with sweet tannin and an overall classic constitution. It can be approached now but should age nicely for 15-20 years. (RP)
Clearly ripe, with a juicy core of dark fig, cassis and blackberry flavors. This keeps a nice old-school edge on the finish though, thanks to contrasting notes of roasted chestnut and tobacco leaf. Solid. (JM, Web-2012)
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